Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Reading (1 John 2:12-17)
 You children, I am writing you because your sins have been forgiven for his sake.  You fathers, I am writing you because you have known him who has existed from the beginning. You young people, I am writing you because you have overcome the Evil One. [
14] You children, I have written you because you have known the Father. You fathers, I have written you because you have known him who has existed from the beginning. You young people, I have written you because you are strong — the Word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the Evil One.
 Do not love the world or the things of the world. If someone loves the world, then love for the Father is not in him;  because all the things of the world — the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life — are not from the Father but from the world.
And the world is passing away, along with its desires. But whoever does God’s will remains forever.
Gospel (Luke 2: 36-40)
 There was also a prophet named Hannah Bat-P’nu’el, of the tribe of Asher. She was a very old woman — she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage  and had remained a widow ever since; now she was eighty-four. She never left the Temple grounds but worshipped there night and day, fasting and praying.
 She came by at that moment and began thanking God and speaking about the child to everyone who was waiting for Yerushalayim to be liberated.
 When Yosef and Miryam had finished doing everything required by the Torah of Adonai, they returned to the Galil, to their town Natzeret.  The child grew and became strong and filled with wisdom — God’s favor was upon him.