First Letter of John 2:3-11.
The way we may be sure
that we know him is to keep his command ments.
says, "I know him," but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in
But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is
truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him:
whoever claims to abide in him ought to live (just) as he
Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you
but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you
And yet I do write a new commandment to
you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is
Whoever says he is in the light, yet
hates his brother, is still in the darkness.
loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does
not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Sing to the LORD a new
song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the
LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Tell God's glory among the nations; among all peoples, God's marvelous
the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy
Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:22-35.
the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took
Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the
and to offer the sacrifice of "a pair of
turtledoves or two young pigeons," in accordance with the dictate in the law of the
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was
Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit
was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit
that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in
the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people
The child's father and mother were amazed at what
was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to
Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be
a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a
sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.