Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Reading (Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24)
 “Look! I am sending my messenger to clear the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple. Yes, the messenger of the covenant,
in whom you take such delight — look! Here he comes,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.
 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like the soapmaker’s lye.
 He will sit, testing and purifying the silver; he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold and silver, so that they can bring offerings to Adonai uprightly.
 Then the offering of Y’hudah and Yerushalayim will be pleasing to Adonai, as it was in the days of old, as in years gone by.  Look, I will send to you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai.
 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers; otherwise I will come and strike the land with complete destruction.” [Look, I will send to you Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of Adonai.]
Gospel (Luke 1: 57-66)
 The time arrived for Elisheva to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son.  Her neighbors and relatives heard how good Adonai had been to her, and they rejoiced with her.
 On the eighth day, they came to do the child’s b’rit-milah. They were about to name him Z’kharyah, after his father, when his mother spoke up and said, “No, he is to be called Yochanan.”
 They said to her, “None of your relatives has that name,”  and they made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called.  He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is Yochanan.”
 At that moment, his power of speech returned, and his first words were a b’rakhah to God.  All their neighbors were awestruck; and throughout the hill country of Y’hudah, people talked about all these things.
 Everyone who heard of them said to himself, “What is this child going to be?” For clearly the hand of Adonai was with him.