Monday, December 20, 2021
Reading (Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10)
 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,  Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.  And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
[8:10] Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
Gospel (Luke 1:26-38)
 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
 For with God nothing shall be impossible.  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Sunday, December 19, 2021
First Reading (Micah 5:2-5)
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
Second Reading (Hebrews 10:5-10)
 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Yeshua the Messiah once for all.
Gospel (Luke 1:39-45)
 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Reading (Jeremiah 23:5-8)
 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.
 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
 But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
Gospel (Matthew 1:18-24)
 Now the birth of Yeshua the Messiah was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
Friday, December 17, 2021
Reading (Genesis 49:2, 8-10)
 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Gospel (Matthew 1:1-17)
 The book of the generation of Yeshua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Yeshua, who is called Messiah.
 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Messiah are fourteen generations.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Reading (Isaiah 54:1-10)
 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
 For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Gospel (Luke 7:24-30)
 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts.
 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.
 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Reading (Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25)
 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.
 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.
 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
 In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
Gospel (Luke 7:19-23)
 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Yeshua, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
 Then Yeshua answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Reading (Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13)
 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!  She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.
 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.
 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
Gospel (Matthew 21:28-32)
 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Yeshua saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
Monday, December 13, 2021
Reading (Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17)
 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
 He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
Gospel (Matthew 21:23-27)
 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
 And Yeshua answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things.
 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?
 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.  And they answered Yeshua, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.
Sunday, December 12, 2021
First Reading (Baruch 5:1-9)
 Jerusalem, take off the clothes you have worn in your mourning and distress, and put on the eternal splendor of God’s glory.  Put around you the cloak of God’s righteousness. Place on your head the crown of the glory of the Eternal God.
 God will show your splendor to every nation on earth.  Forever he will say to you: Your security comes from your righteousness, and your splendor from your devotion to me.
 Get up, Jerusalem, stand on the mountaintop; see where God, the Holy One, is bringing your children together from the east and from the west. They are rejoicing that God has remembered them.
 Jerusalem, your children were led away by their enemies; they left you on foot, but God is bringing them back to you, carried in royal splendor.
 God has commanded that every high mountain and the everlasting hills shall be made low; he has commanded that the valleys shall be filled and the ground leveled, so that the people of Israel may come safely home in the glory of God.
 At the command of God, forests of fragrant trees will spring up to provide shade for the people of Israel.  God will lead Israel home. They will return with great joy, guided by his mercy and righteousness, surrounded by the light of his glorious presence.
Second Reading (Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11)
 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Yeshua the Messiah:
 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Yeshua the Messiah.
 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Messiah.
 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Yeshua the Messiah, unto the glory and praise of God.
Gospel (Luke 3:1-6)
 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Reading (Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11)
 Then Elijah arose, a prophet like fire, and his word burned like a torch.  He brought a famine upon them, and by his zeal he made them few in number.
 By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, and also three times brought down fire.  How glorious you were, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours?
 You were taken up by a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with horses of fire.  At the appointed time, it is written, you are destined to calm the wrath of God before it breaks out in fury, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
 Happy are those who saw you and were adorned with your love! For we also shall surely live.
Gospel (Matthew 17:10-13)
 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
 And Yeshua answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.