Scripture Readings for Dec 15, 2019 (New Revised Standard Version)
Year A - 3rd Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 35:1-10 • Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55 • James 5:7-10 •
35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and
blossom; like the crocus
35:2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of
Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the
glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
35:3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your
God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
35:6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for
joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
35:7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
35:8 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall
not travel on it, but it shall be for God's people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go
35:9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not
be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and
sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
146:5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD
146:6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith
146:7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The
LORD sets the prisoners free;
146:8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed
down; the LORD loves the righteous.
146:9 The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
146:10 The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the
1:46b "My soul magnifies the Lord,
1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on
all generations will call me blessed;
1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts
of their hearts.
1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his
5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits
for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early
and the late rains.
5:8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is
5:9 Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See,
the Judge is standing at the doors!
5:10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke
in the name of the Lord.
11:2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his
11:3 and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"
11:4 Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see:
11:5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf
hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.
11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me."
11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did
you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those
who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.
11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a
11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, 'See, I am sending my messenger
ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.'
11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than
John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.