December 23, 2020

Malachi 3: 1-4, 4: 5- 6

3:1Behold, I send my angel, and he will prepare the way before my face. And presently the Sovereign, whom you seek, and the angel of testimony, whom you desire, will arrive at his temple. Behold, he approaches, says the Lord of hosts.
3:2And who will be able to consider the day of his advent, and who will stand firm in order to see him? For he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb.
3:3And he will sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he will purge the sons of Levi, and he will gather them like gold and like silver, and they will offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice.
3:4And the sacrifice of Judah and of Jerusalem will please the Lord, just as in the days of past generations, and as in the ancient years.
4:5Behold, I will send to you Elijah the prophet, before the arrival of the great and terrible day of the Lord.
4:6And he will turn the heart of the fathers to the sons, and the heart of the sons to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with anathema.

Luke 1: 57- 66

1:57Now the time for Elizabeth to give birth arrived, and she brought forth a son.
1:58And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy with her, and so they congratulated her.
1:59And it happened that, on the eighth day, they arrived to circumcise the boy, and they called him by his father’s name, Zechariah.
1:60And in response, his mother said: “Not so. Instead, he shall be called John.”
1:61And they said to her, “But there is no one among your relatives who is called by that name.”
1:62Then they made signs to his father, as to what he wanted him to be called.
1:63And requesting a writing tablet, he wrote, saying: “His name is John.” And they all wondered.
1:64Then, at once, his mouth was opened, and his tongue loosened, and he spoke, blessing God.
1:65And fear fell upon all of their neighbors. And all these words were made known throughout all the hill country of Judea.
1:66And all those who heard it stored it up in their heart, saying: “What do you think this boy will be?” And indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.