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Second Reading for the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

Acts 13:16-17, 22-25

For the Vigil Mass

Summary: Paul speaks in Antioch's synagogue, recounting Israel's history and God's favor towards David, leading to Jesus, the promised Savior. John the Baptist prepared the way for Him.

Paul's Message in Antioch

When Paul reached Antioch in Pisidia and entered the synagogue, he stood up, motioned with his hand, and said, “Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt. With uplifted arm he led them out of it. Then he removed Saul and raised up David as king; of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.’

From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.

John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”

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