Monday, December 14, 2009

December 13 - 19 Daily Readings

Daily Lectionary

December 13 Isaiah 29:15—30:14; Revelation 1:1–19

December 14 Isaiah 30:15–26; Revelation 2:1–29

December 15 Isaiah 30:27—31:9; Revelation 3:1–22

December 16 Isaiah 32:1–20; Revelation 4:1–11

December 17 Isaiah 33:1–24; Revelation 5:1–14

December 18 Isaiah 34:1–2, 8—35:10; Revelation 6:1–17

December 19 Isaiah 40:1–17; Revelation 7:1–17


The coming of God in all His unveiled power at Mt. Sinai was terrifying to the people of Israel. The thundering voice of the Lord puts sinners in fear of death (Deuteronomy 18:1519). God, therefore, raised up a prophet like Moses, the Messiah, the Christ. God came to His people veiled in human flesh. The skies poured down the Righteous One from heaven; the earth opened her womb and brought forth Salvation (Introit) through the blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of the Lord (Luke 1:3956). The fruit of her womb is the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, the One whose sandal strap John was not worthy to loose (John 1:1928). In Jesus we are delivered from fear and anxiety. In Him alone we have the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:47).


Most merciful God, who has given Your eternal Word to be made incarnate of the pure Virgin, grant grace to Your people to put away fleshly lusts so that they may be ready for Your visitation; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 18:15–19 [A Prophet like Moses]

Epistle: Philippians 4:4–7 [Rejoice in the Lord always]

Holy Gospel: Luke 1:39–56 [Mary visits Elizabeth]

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