March 18th, 2019

Monday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)

First Reading: Gen. 18:1-15

Birth of Isaac Promised
 1Now (A)the LORD appeared to him by the (B)oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.

 2When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three (C)men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,

 3and said, "My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not pass Your servant by.

 4"Please let a little water be brought and (D)wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree;

 5and I will (E)bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant." And they said, "So do, as you have said."

 6So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Quickly, prepare three measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes."

 7Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it.

 8He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.

 9Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "There, in the tent."

 10He said, "(F)I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him.

 11Now (G)Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was (H)past childbearing.

 12Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "(I)After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my (J)lord being old also?"

 13And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?'

 14"(K)Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the (L)appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

 15Sarah denied it however, saying, "I did not laugh"; for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but you did laugh."

Cross references:Genesis 18:1 : Gen 12:7; 17:1 Genesis 18:1 : Gen 13:18; 14:13 Genesis 18:2 : Gen 18:16, 22; 32:24; Josh 5:13; Judg 13:6-11; Heb 13:2 Genesis 18:4 : Gen 19:2; 24:32; 43:24 Genesis 18:5 : Judg 6:18, 19; 13:15, 16 Genesis 18:10 : Gen 21:2; Rom 9:9 Genesis 18:11 : Gen 17:17; Rom 4:19 Genesis 18:11 : Heb 11:11 Genesis 18:12 : Gen 17:17; Luke 1:18 Genesis 18:12 : 1 Pet 3:6 Genesis 18:14 : Jer 32:17, 27; Zech 8:6; Matt 19:26; Luke 1:37; Rom 4:21 Genesis 18:14 : Gen 17:21; 18:10

Second Reading: Mk. 6:14-34

John's Fate Recalled

 14(A)And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, "(B)John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him."

 15But others were saying, "He is (C)Elijah " And others were saying, "He is (D)a prophet, like one of the prophets of old."

 16But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, "John, whom I beheaded, has risen!"

 17For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of (E)Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.

 18For John had been saying to Herod, "(F)It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

 19(G)Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;

 20for (H)Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.

 21A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday (I)gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men (J)of Galilee;

 22and when the daughter of (K)Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you."

 23And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to (L)half of my kingdom."

 24And she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."

 25Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."

 26And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.

 27Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,

 28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.

 29When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

 30(M)The (N)apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.

 31And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and (O)they did not even have time to eat.)

 32(P)They went away in (Q)the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

Five Thousand Fed

 33The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them.

 34When Jesus went ashore, He (R)saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because (S)they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.

Cross references:Mark 6:14 : Matt 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-16: Luke 9:7-9 Mark 6:14 : Matt 14:2; Luke 9:19 Mark 6:15 : Matt 16:14; Mark 8:28 Mark 6:15 : Matt 21:11 Mark 6:17 : Matt 14:3; Luke 3:19 Mark 6:18 : Matt 14:4 Mark 6:19 : Matt 14:3 Mark 6:20 : Matt 21:26 Mark 6:21 : Esth 1:3; 2:18 Mark 6:21 : Luke 3:1 Mark 6:22 : Matt 14:3 Mark 6:23 : Esth 5:3, 6; 7:2 Mark 6:30 : Luke 9:10 Mark 6:30 : Matt 10:2; Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; 9:10; 17:5; 22:14; 24:10; Acts 1:2, 26 Mark 6:31 : Mark 3:20 Mark 6:32 : Matt 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:5-13; Mark 8:2-9 Mark 6:32 : Mark 3:9; 4:36; 6:45 Mark 6:34 : Matt 9:36 Mark 6:34 : Num 27:17; 1 Kin 22:17; 2 Chr 18:16; Zech 10:2


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