March 15th, 2019

Friday of Invocavit (Lent 1)

First Reading: Gen. 13:1-18

Abram and Lot

 1So Abram went up from Egypt to (A)the [a]Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.

 2Now Abram was (B)very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold.

 3He went on his journeys from the [b]Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, (C)between Bethel and Ai,

 4to the place of the (D)altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

 5Now (E)Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.

 6And (F)the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, (G)for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together.

 7(H)And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock Now (I)the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.

 8(J)So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.

 9"Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left."

 10Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the (K)valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere--this was before the LORD (L)destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah--like (M)the garden of the LORD, (N)like the land of Egypt as you go to (O)Zoar.

 11So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other.

 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in (P)the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.

 13Now (Q)the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and (R)sinners against the LORD.

 14The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "(S)Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, (T)northward and southward and eastward and westward;

 15(U)for all the land which you see, (V)I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.

 16"I will make your descendants (W)as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.

 17"Arise, (X)walk about the land through its length and breadth; for (Y)I will give it to you."

 18Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the (Z)oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built (AA)an altar to the LORD.

Footnotes:Genesis 13:1 I.e. South country Genesis 13:3 I.e. South country
Cross references:Genesis 13:1 : Gen 12:9 Genesis 13:2 : Gen 24:35 Genesis 13:3 : Gen 12:8 Genesis 13:4 : Gen 12:7, 8 Genesis 13:5 : Gen 12:5 Genesis 13:6 : Gen 36:7 Genesis 13:6 : Gen 12:5, 16; 13:2 Genesis 13:7 : Gen 26:20 Genesis 13:7 : Gen 12:6; 15:20, 21 Genesis 13:8 : Prov 15:18; 20:3 Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:17-29; Deut 34:3 Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:24 Genesis 13:10 : Gen 2:8, 10 Genesis 13:10 : Gen 47:6 Genesis 13:10 : Gen 14:2, 8; 19:22; Deut 34:3 Genesis 13:12 : Gen 14:2; 19:24, 25, 29 Genesis 13:13 : Gen 18:20; Ezek 16:49 Genesis 13:13 : Gen 39:9; Num 32:23; 2 Pet 2:7, 8 Genesis 13:14 : Deut 3:27; 34:1-4; Is 49:18 Genesis 13:14 : Gen 28:14 Genesis 13:15 : Gen 12:7 Genesis 13:15 : Gen 13:17; 15:7; 17:8; 2 Chr 20:7; Acts 7:5 Genesis 13:16 : Gen 16:10; 28:14; Num 23:10 Genesis 13:17 : Num 13:17-24 Genesis 13:17 : Gen 13:15 Genesis 13:18 : Gen 14:13 Genesis 13:18 : Gen 8:20; 12:7, 8

Second Reading: Mk. 5:1-20

The Gerasene Demoniac
 1(A)They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes.

 2When He got out of (B)the boat, immediately a man from the tombs (C)with an unclean spirit met Him,

 3and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain;

 4because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him.

 5Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.

 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;

 7and shouting with a loud voice, he said, "(D)What business do we have with each other, Jesus, (E)Son of (F)the Most High God? I implore You by God, do not torment me!"

 8For He had been saying to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"

 9And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is (G)Legion; for we are many."

 10And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country.

 11Now there was a large herd of swine feeding nearby on the mountain.

 12The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them."

 13Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drowned in the sea.

 14Their herdsmen ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what it was that had happened.

 15They came to Jesus and observed the man who had been (H)demon-possessed sitting down, (I)clothed and (J)in his right mind, the very man who had had the "(K)legion"; and they became frightened.

 16Those who had seen it described to them how it had happened to the (L)demon-possessed man, and all about the swine.

 17And they began to (M)implore Him to leave their region.

 18(N)As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been (O)demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him.

 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, "(P)Go home to your people and report to them [a]what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."

 20And he went away and began to (Q)proclaim in (R)Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Footnotes:Mark 5:19 Or everything that
Cross references:Mark 5:1 : Matt 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-37 Mark 5:2 : Mark 3:9; 4:1, 36; 5:21 Mark 5:2 : Mark 1:23 Mark 5:7 : Matt 8:29 Mark 5:7 : Matt 4:3 Mark 5:7 : Luke 8:28; Acts 16:17; Heb 7:1 Mark 5:9 : Matt 26:53; Mark 5:15; Luke 8:30 Mark 5:15 : Matt 4:24; Mark 5:16, 18 Mark 5:15 : Luke 8:27 Mark 5:15 : Luke 8:35 Mark 5:15 : Mark 5:9 Mark 5:16 : Matt 4:24; Mark 5:15 Mark 5:17 : Matt 8:34; Acts 16:39 Mark 5:18 : Luke 8:38, 39 Mark 5:18 : Matt 4:24; Mark 5:15, 16 Mark 5:19 : Luke 8:39 Mark 5:20 : Ps 66:16 Mark 5:20 : Matt 4:25; Mark 7:31


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