March 14th, 2019

Thursday of Invocavit (Lent 1)


First Reading: Gen. 11:27-12:20


Terah’s Descendants

 27Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. 28Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was(A) Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife,(B) Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

 31Terah(C) took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together(D) from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32The days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran.

The Call of Abram

 1Now(E) the LORD said[a] to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2(F) And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3(G) I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and(H) in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."[b]

 4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from(I) Haran. 5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6Abram(J) passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to(K) the oak[c] of(L) Moreh. At that time(M) the Canaanites were in the land. 7Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said,(N) "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved to the hill country on the east of(O) Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD. 9And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

Abram and Sarai in Egypt

 10Now(P) there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance, 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they(Q) will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake." 14When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

 17But the LORD(R) afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18So Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go." 20And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.

Footnotes:Genesis 12:1 Or had said Genesis 12:3 Or by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves Genesis 12:6 Or terebinth
Cross references:Genesis 11:29 : Genesis 17:15 Genesis 11:29 : Genesis 22:20 Genesis 11:31 : Genesis 12:1 Genesis 11:31 : Genesis 15:7; Josh 24:2; Neh 9:7; Acts 7:2, 4 Genesis 12:1 : Acts 7:3; Heb 11:8 Genesis 12:2 : Genesis 17:6; 18:18; Gal 3:14 Genesis 12:3 : Genesis 27:29; Num 24:9 Genesis 12:3 : Genesis 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Jer 4:2; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:16; Cited Gal 3:8 Genesis 12:4 : Genesis 11:31 Genesis 12:6 : Heb 11:9 Genesis 12:6 : Genesis 13:18 Genesis 12:6 : Deut 11:30; Judg 7:1 Genesis 12:6 : Genesis 13:7 Genesis 12:7 : Genesis 13:15; 17:8; Exodus 33:1; Psalm 105:9-12; Num 32:11; Gal 3:16 Genesis 12:8 : Genesis 28:19 Genesis 12:10 : Genesis 26:1; 43:1 Genesis 12:12 : Genesis 20:1-18; 26:6-11 Genesis 12:17 : 1 Chr 16:21; Psalm 105:14


Second Reading: Mk. 4:21-41


A Lamp Under a Basket

 21(A) And he said to them, (B) "Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22(C) For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23(D) If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24And he said to them, "Pay attention to what you hear:(E) with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25(F) For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

The Parable of the Seed Growing

 26And he said, (G) "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows;(H) he knows not how. 28The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once(I) he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

 30(J) And he said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31It is like(K) a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade."

 33(L) With many such parables he spoke(M) the word to them,(N) as they were able to hear it. 34He did not speak to them(O) without a parable, but(P) privately to his own disciples he(Q) explained everything.

Jesus Calms a Storm

 35(R) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves(S) were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" 39And he awoke and(T) rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and(U) there was a great calm. 40He said to them, "Why are you(V) so afraid? Have you still no faith?" 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another,(W) "Who then is this, that even(X) the wind and the sea obey him?"

Cross references:Mark 4:21 : For Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18 Mark 4:21 : Matt 5:15; Luke 11:33 Mark 4:22 : Matt 10:26; Luke 12:2; 1 Tim 5:25 Mark 4:23 : Mark 4:9 Mark 4:24 : Matt 7:2; Luke 6:38 Mark 4:25 : Matt 13:12 Mark 4:26 : Matt 13:24-30 Mark 4:27 : Eccles 11:5, 6 Mark 4:29 : Joel 3:13; Rev 14:15 Mark 4:30 : For Mark 4:30-32, Matt 13:31, 32; Luke 13:18, 19 Mark 4:31 : Matt 17:20; Luke 17:6 Mark 4:33 : Matt 13:34 Mark 4:33 : Mark 4:14 Mark 4:33 : John 16:12; 1 Cor 3:2; Heb 5:12 Mark 4:34 : John 16:25 Mark 4:34 : Mark 4:10; Mark 13:3 Mark 4:34 : 2 Pet 1:20 Mark 4:35 : For Mark 4:35-41, Matt 8:18, 23-27; Luke 8:22-25; John 6:16-21 Mark 4:37 : Acts 27:14 Mark 4:39 : Psalm 104:7; Luke 4:39 Mark 4:39 : Job 38:11; Psalm 65:7; Mark 6:51; Matt 14:32 Mark 4:40 : John 14:27 Mark 4:41 : Mark 1:27 Mark 4:41 : Luke 5:9


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