FIRST READING: Isaiah 11: 1 - 10
1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall
grow out of his roots.
2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the
fear of the LORD.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what
his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the
meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and
with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the
kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead
7 The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the
lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child
shall put his hand on the adder's den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be
full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him
shall the nations seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious.
PSALM: Psalms 72: 1 - 2, 7 - 8, 12 - 13, 17
1 Give the king thy justice, O God, and thy righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice!
7 In his days may righteousness flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the
12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no
13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
17 May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May
men bless themselves by him, all nations call him blessed!
GOSPEL: Luke 10: 21 - 24
21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank thee,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the
wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was
thy gracious will.
22 All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who
the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one
to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which
see what you see!
24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and
did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."