Bible in a Year – December – 24 | Day – 358

December – 24 | Day – 358
Old Testament: Sirach – 38 | Second Maccabees – 12:1-15

1 Honor the physician because of necessity, and because the Most High created him.

2 For all healing is from God, and so he will receive gifts from the King.

3 The expertise of the physician will lift up his head, and in the sight of great men, he will be praised.

4 The Most High has created medicines from the earth, and a prudent man will not abhor them.

5 Was not bitter water made sweet with wood?

6 The benefits of these things is recognized by men, and the Most High has given this knowledge to men, so that he may be honored in his wonders.

7 By these things, he will cure or mitigate their suffering, and the pharmacist will make soothing ointments, and he will form healing medicines, and there will be no end to his works.

8 For the peace of God is upon the surface of the earth.

9 Son, in your infirmity, you should not neglect yourself, but pray to the Lord, and he will cure you.

10 Turn away from sin, and direct your hands, and cleanse your heart from every offense.

11 Give a sweet offering, and a memorial of fine flour, and fatten your oblation, but also give a place to the physician.

12 For the Lord created him. And so, do not let him depart from you, for his works are necessary.

13 For there is a time when you may fall into their hands.

14 Truly, they will beseech the Lord, so that he may direct their treatments and cures, for the sake of their way of life.

15 He who sins in the sight of the One who made him will fall into the hands of the physician.

16 Son, shed tears over the dead, and begin to weep, as if you had suffered dreadfully. And according to judgment, cover his body, and you should not neglect his burial.

17 And though you will sink down into bitterness, bear his mourning for one day, and then be consoled in your sadness.

18 And carry out his mourning, according to his merit, for one or two days because of this loss.

19 Yet sadness hastens death and overwhelms strength, and the sorrow of the heart bows down the neck.

20 When one is taken away, sorrow remains. But the resources of a destitute man is found in his heart.

21 You should not give your heart over to sadness, but push it away from you. And remember the very end.

22 Do not be willing to forget this; for there is no turning back. Otherwise, it will not benefit you, and you will cause great harm to yourself.

23 Call to mind my judgment. For so shall it be for you also. Yesterday is mine, and today is yours.

24 When the deceased is at rest, let his memory rest also. And console him at the departure of his spirit.

25 The wisdom of a scribe is found in his time of leisure. So whoever has less to do will gain wisdom.

26 With what wisdom will someone be filled who holds the plow, and who boasts of the cattle prod that drives the oxen forward, and who is occupied in these labors, and whose only conversation is about the offspring of bulls?

27 He will give his mind over to the plowing of furrows, and his vigilance to the fattening of the cows.

28 Similarly, every craftsman and artisan, who crafts in the night as well as in the day, who sculpts graven seals, and who, by his diligence, varies the image, will give his mind over to the likeness of the image. And he will complete the work by his vigilance.

29 The blacksmith, sitting by his anvil and considering a work of iron, is similar. The steam from the fire singes his flesh, and he struggles against the heat of the furnace.

30 The voice of the hammer is ever in his ears, and his eye is upon the pattern of the ironwork.

31 He gives his heart to the completion of his work, and his vigilance adorns it to perfection.

32 The potter, sitting at his work and turning the wheel with his feet, is similar. He has settled into a continual concern for his work, and there is a rhythm in all that he does.

33 He forms the clay with his arm, and he bends his strength over his feet.

34 He will give his heart over to the completion of the glazing, and his vigilance to the cleansing of the furnace.

35 All these persons trust in their own hands, and each one is wise in his own art.

36 Without these persons, a city is not built.

37 But they will neither inhabit nor walk around in the city. And they will not go across to the church.

38 They will not sit upon the seats of judges, and they will not understand a decree of judgment. And they will not make clear discipline and judgment, and they will not be found to understand parables.

39 But they will strengthen the state of the world, and their prayer will be in their artistic works, applying their soul, and searching the law of the Most High.

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1 After these pacts were made, Lysias proceeded on to the king, but the Jews undertook the work of agriculture.

2 However, those who had withdrawn: Timothy, and Apollonius, the son of Gennaeus, along with Hieronymus, and Demophon, and, in addition to these, Nicanor, the governor of Cyprus, would not permit them to live in peace and quiet.

3 Truly, those of Joppa were also perpetrators of very shameful acts. They asked the Jews, who lived among them, to go up into small boats, which they had prepared, with their wives and sons, as if no underlying hostility was between them.

4 And so, according to the common decree of the city, they acquiesced to them, having no suspicions and because there was peace. When they had proceeded out into deep water, they drowned no less than two hundred of them.

5 When Judas learned of the cruelty done to the men of his nation, he informed the men who were with him, and, having called upon God, the Just Judge,

6 he went against the executors of his brothers, and he even set the port on fire in the night; he burned the boats, but those who took refuge from the fire, he destroyed with the sword.

7 And when he had done these things in this way, he departed, as if he would return again to eradicate all those of Joppa.

8 But when he also realized those who were of Jamnia wanted to act in a similar way to the Jews living among them,

9 he went against those of Jamnia also by night, and he set the port on fire, along with the ships, so much so that the light of the fire was seen at Jerusalem, two hundred and forty stadia away.

10 When they had now gone from there nine stadia, and were making their way toward Timothy, they met in battle with those of Arabia: five thousand men and five hundred horsemen.

11 And when a strong fight occurred, and, by the help of God, it ceased favorably, the remainder of the Arabians who were overcome petitioned Judas to give them a pledge, promising to give him pastures and to assist him in other things in the future.

12 Then Judas, thinking that they truly might be useful in many ways, promised peace. And after receiving the pledge of his right hand, they withdrew to their tents.

13 Then he also assaulted a certain strong city, surrounded with bridges and walls, which was inhabited by a crowd from many different nations, the name of which is Casphin.

14 In truth, those who were inside, trusting in the strength of the walls and in the preparations of rations, acted irresponsibly, and they challenged Judas with evil words and blaspheming, as well as by speaking what is not lawful.

15 But Maccabeus rushed fiercely to the walls, calling upon the great Leader of the world, who, without battering rams or machines of war, had thrown down the walls of Jericho in the time of Joshua.

Psalms: Psalms – 146

1 Alleluia, of Aggeus and Zacharias.

2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise the Lord: I will sing to my God as long as I shall be. Put not your trust in princes:

3 In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.

4 His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth: in that day all their thoughts shall perish.

5 Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper, whose hope is in the Lord his God:

6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.

7 Who keepeth truth for ever: who executeth judgment for them that suffer wrong: who giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth them that are fettered:

8 The Lord enlighteneth the blind. The Lord lifteth up them that are cast down: the Lord loveth the just.

9 The Lord keepeth the strangers, he will support the fatherless and the widow: and the ways of sinners he will destroy.

10 The Lord shall reign for ever: thy God, O Sion, unto generation and generation.

New Testament: Revelations – 14

1 And I saw, and behold, the Lamb was standing above mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads.

2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of a great thunder. And the voice that I heard was like that of singers, while playing on their stringed instruments.

3 And they were singing what seemed like a new canticle before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. And no one was able to recite the canticle, except those one hundred and forty-four thousand, who were redeemed from the earth.

4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are Virgins. These follow the Lamb wherever he will go. These were redeemed from men as the first-fruits for God and for the Lamb.

5 And in their mouth, no lie was found, for they are without flaw before the throne of God.

6 And I saw another Angel, flying through the midst of heaven, holding the eternal Gospel, so as to evangelize those sitting upon the earth and those of every nation and tribe and language and people,

7 saying with a loud voice: “Fear the Lord, and give honor to him, for the hour of his judgment has arrived. And worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the sources of water.”

8 And another Angel followed, saying: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who inebriated all nations with the wine of her wrath and of fornication.”

9 And the third Angel followed them, saying with a great voice: “If anyone has worshiped the beast, or his image, or has received his character on his forehead or on his hand,

10 he shall drink also from the wine of the wrath of God, which has been mixed with strong wine in the cup of his wrath, and he shall be tortured with fire and sulphur in the sight of the holy Angels and before the sight of the Lamb.

11 And the smoke of their torments shall ascend forever and ever. And they shall have no rest, day or night, those who have worshiped the beast or his image, or who have received the character of his name.”

12 Here is the patient endurance of the Saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me: “Write: Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord, now and hereafter, says the Spirit, so that they may find rest from their labors. For their works follow them.”

14 And I saw, and behold, a white cloud. And upon the cloud was one sitting, resembling a son of man, having a crown of gold on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.

15 And another Angel went forth from the temple, crying out in a great voice to the one sitting upon the cloud: “Send out your sickle and reap! For the hour of reaping has arrived, because the harvest of the earth has ripened.”

16 And the one who was sitting upon the cloud sent out his sickle to the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 And another Angel went forth from the temple that is in heaven; he also had a sharp sickle.

18 And another Angel went forth from the altar, who held power over fire. And he cried out in a great voice to him who held the sharp sickle, saying: “Send out your sharp sickle, and harvest the clusters of grapes from the vineyard of the earth, because its grapes have matured.”

19 And the Angel sent out his sharp sickle to the earth, and he harvested the vineyard of the earth, and he cast it into the great basin of the wrath of God.

20 And the basin was trodden beyond the city, and blood went forth from the basin, even as high as the harnesses of horses, out to one thousand six hundred stadia.

Simplest Bible in a Year plan compiled using the “Catholic Public Domain Version Bible“. This is not the Readings at the Mass. For the Mass Readings, check the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible or the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
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