March 20th, 2019

Wednesday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)


First Reading: Gen. 22:1-19


 1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

 4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

 5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

 7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

 11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

 15And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

 16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

 17That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

 19So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.



Second Reading: Mk 7:1-23


 1Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.

 2And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.

 3For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

 4And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.

 5Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

 6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

 10For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:

 11But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.

 12And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;

 13Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

 14And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

 15There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

 16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

 17And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.

 18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;

 19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.



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