Friday, December 25, 2020
First Reading (Isaiah 52:7-10)
 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation and saying to Tziyon, “Your God is King!”
 Listen! Your watchmen are raising their voices, shouting for joy together. For they will see, before their own eyes, Adonai returning to Tziyon.
 Break out into joy! Sing together, you ruins of Yerushalayim! For Adonai has comforted his people, he has redeemed Yerushalayim!  Adonai has bared his holy arm in the sight of every nation, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Second Reading (Hebrews 1:1-6)
 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets.  But now, in the acharit-hayamim, he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownership of everything and through whom he created the universe.
 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had, through himself, made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim.
 So he has become much better than angels, and the name God has given him is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Also, God never said of any angel,
“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And again, when God brings his Firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Gospel (John 1: 1-18)
 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.
 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it.  There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan.
 He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him.  He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
 This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world.  He was in the world — the world came to be through him — yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him.  But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God,  not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.
 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
 Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”
 We have all received from his fullness, yes, grace upon grace.  For the Torah was given through Moshe; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.
 No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.