Saturday, 15 December 2007

Today's Readings

More readings for today Sat 15 Dec as below:

Matthew 17: 9-13
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” The disciples asked him, “Why then do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?” He answered, “Elijah does indeed come first and will restore all things. And I tell you that Elijah has already come. Yet they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

Sirach 48: 1-4, 9-11
And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch. He brought a sore famine upon them, and by his zeal he diminished their number. By the word of the Lord he shut up the heaven, and he brought down fire from heaven thrice. Thus was Elias magnified in his wondrous works. No one else can boast of such deeds!
... [Elijah] Who was taken up in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot of fiery horses. Who is ready to appear at the designated time to appease the wrath of the Lord, before it broke forth into fury, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son, and to restore the tribes of Jacob. Blessed are they that live to see you come, and were honoured with your friendship.


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