September 25th, 2017

Monday of Trinity 15


First Reading: Mal. 1:1-14


 1 The burden[a] of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

Israel Beloved of God
    2 “ I have loved you,” says the LORD.
      “ Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’
      Wasnot Esau Jacob’s brother?”
      Says the LORD.
      “ Yet Jacob I have loved;
       3 But Esau I have hated,
      And laid waste his mountains and his heritage
      For the jackals of the wilderness.”
       4 Even though Edom has said,
      “ We have been impoverished,
      But we will return and build the desolate places,” Thus says the LORD of hosts:
      “ They may build, but I will throw down;
      They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness,
      And the people against whom the LORD will have indignation forever.
       5 Your eyes shall see,
      And you shall say,
      ‘ The LORD is magnified beyond the border of Israel.’
Polluted Offerings
    6 “ A son honors his father,
      And a servant his master.
      If then I am the Father,
      Where is My honor?
      And if I am a Master,
      Where is My reverence?
      Says the LORD of hosts
      To you priests who despise My name.
      Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
       7 “ You offer defiled food on My altar,
      But say,
      ‘ In what way have we defiled You?’
      By saying,
      ‘ The table of the LORD is contemptible.’
       8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice,
      Is it not evil?
      And when you offer the lame and sick,
      Is it not evil?
      Offer it then to your governor!
      Would he be pleased with you?
      Would he accept you favorably?”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       9 “ But now entreat God’s favor,
      That He may be gracious to us.
      Whilethis is being done by your hands,
      Will He accept you favorably?”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       10 “ Who is there even among you who would shut the doors,
      So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
      I have no pleasure in you,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
       11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
      My name shall be great among the Gentiles;
      In every place incense shall be offered to My name,
      And a pure offering;
      For My name shall be great among the nations,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       12 “ But you profane it,
      In that you say,
      ‘ The table of the LORD[b] is defiled;
      And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
       13 You also say,
      ‘ Oh, what a weariness!’
      And you sneer at it,”
      Says the LORD of hosts.
      “ And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick;
      Thus you bring an offering!
      Should I accept this from your hand?”
      Says the LORD.
       14 “ But cursed be the deceiver
      Who has in his flock a male,
      And takes a vow,
      But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished—
      For I am a great King,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ And My name is to be feared among the nations.

Footnotes:Malachi 1:1 Or oracle Malachi 1:12 Following Bomberg; Masoretic Text reads Lord.


Second Reading: Matt. 3:1-17


John the Baptist Prepares the Way

 1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
      “ The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
      ‘ Prepare the way of the LORD;
      Make His paths straight.’”[a] 4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.[b] 12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John Baptizes Jesus

    13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[c] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Footnotes:Matthew 3:3 Isaiah 40:3 Matthew 3:11 M-Text omits and fire. Matthew 3:16 Or he


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