Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   December 17, 2017

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Though the people had returned to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon, they continued to face hardship and oppression. In the language of the jubilee year described in Leviticus 25, the prophet, moved by the spirit of the Lord, announces deliverance for those who are oppressed and comfort for those who mourn.

Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Paul concludes his letter to the Thessalonians by encouraging them to live lives of continual joy, prayer, and thanksgiving: The closing blessing is grounded in the hope of Christ’s coming.

Gospel:   John 1:6-8, 19-28

John’s gospel describes Jesus as the “Light of the world.” John the Baptist is presented as a witness to Jesus, one who directs attention away from himself to Christ, the true light.