Monday, February 14, 2022
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple
 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.
 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.
 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
 “But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
 Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come.
 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.
 Watch therefore — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning —
 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep.
 And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”
 “I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled!
 I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how I am constrained until it is accomplished!
 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division;
 for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three;
 they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
 He also said to the multitudes, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, `A shower is coming’; and so it happens.
 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, `There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.
 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.
 I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper.”
 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 He was in the beginning with God;
 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
 He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.
 He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
 The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.
 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.
 He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.
 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God;
 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
 (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”)
 And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
 On that day the LORD will punish
the host of heaven, in heaven,
and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
 They will be gathered together
as prisoners in a pit;
they will be shut up in a prison,
and after many days they will be punished.
 Then the moon will be confounded,
and the sun ashamed;
for the LORD of hosts will reign
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
and before his elders he will manifest his glory.
 O LORD, thou art my God;
I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;
for thou hast done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
 For thou hast made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
 Therefore strong peoples will glorify thee;
cities of ruthless nations will fear thee.
 For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
for the blast of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
 like heat in a dry place.
Thou dost subdue the noise of the aliens;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined.
 And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
 He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
 But it was Solomon who built a house for him.
 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands; as the prophet says,
 `Heaven is my throne,
and earth my footstool.
What house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
 Did not my hand make all these things?’
 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate;
 but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.
 So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe.
 But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,
 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
 So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir.
 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover.
 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;
 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
 and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.”
 And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.
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