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I take a bye from Daily Readings from December 16 until Christmas. I have written short commentaries on both the gospel and old testament readings for those days here. The only day I left out uncommented is December 21, which is a Sunday. For this day, you may check out the following pages:

Reading I: God’s Oath to David
Israel remembers that it was Solomon, the Son of David, who built the first great temple to Yahweh, the "one place" designated in the book of Deuteronomy where sacrifices to Yahweh will be offered. But Israel also remembers that the building of that temple had an accompanying promise about a dynasty that will last forever. David, the great king of Israel thought about it, but Solomon built it by the will of God. The Deuteronomist’s account in 2 Samuel 7 presents the story of God’s promise to David of a tiy’b (bayit, "house", "temple", here, a "dynasty").
URL: http://biblista.albertesmeralda.com/2samuel7
Reading II: The Conclusion to the Letter to the Romans
The fact that this section of the letter to the Romans appears differently in the manuscript tradition has encouraged the view that it is not from Paul. In some manuscripts, it appears after 14:23, while in others it is omitted altogether. However, whether by Paul or not, it is still a fitting ending to the letter to the Romans.
Second, in the Greek, this doxology is just one long sentence. Our modern translations have tried to break it down to smaller sentences so as to make it easier to understand. A literal translation that shows the sentence structure of Romans 16:25-27 can be rendered in the following manner:
URL: http://biblista.albertesmeralda.com/romans16_25-27
Gospel Reading: The Annunciation to Mary
The "Annunciation" represents a moment in humanity’s history where a virgin opens the door for God so that He may be "Immanu-El", God-with-us. Luke paints for us this episode in such a way as to leave no doubt that the Messianic prophesies from the Old Testament, especially that of Isaiah 7:14 has found its fulfillment in Christ.
It must immediately be pointed out that Luke is here working on Christian traditions that he has taken from his community, perhaps in Antioch. What Raymond Brown has meticulously described in his researches on the Infancy narratives and the Virgin Birth should be understood as literary reconstructions of those same traditions as can be gleaned from exegesis. The historical questions that he is able to ask as a result should become for us a challenge to greater understanding and a deeper appreciation of the faith of the apostles.


I may however be posting some articles relevant to the readings for the Misa del Gallo in some other section of this blog though. So keep on coming.

Romans 16:25-27
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25Now to him that is able to establish you, according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret from eternity,
26(Which now is made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the precept of the eternal God, for the obedience of faith,) known among all nations;
27To God the only wise, through Jesus Christ, to whom be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 7:14
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14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.

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