March 21st, 2019

Thursday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)


First Reading: Gen. 24:1-31


Isaac and Rebekah
 1Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD(A) had blessed Abraham in all things. 2And Abraham said to his servant,(B) the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had,(C) "Put your hand under my thigh, 3that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that(D) you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4(E) but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac." 5The servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?" 6Abraham said to him, "See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7The LORD, the God of heaven,(F) who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me,(G) 'To your offspring I will give this land,'(H) he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then(I) you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there." 9So the servant(J) put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

 10Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to(K) Mesopotamia[a] to the city of Nahor. 11And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when(L) women go out to draw water. 12And he said, "O LORD,(M) God of my master Abraham,(N) please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13Behold,(O) I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14Let the young woman to whom I shall say, 'Please let down your jar that I may drink,' and who shall say, 'Drink, and I will water your camels'—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac.(P) By this[b] I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master."

 15Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of(Q) Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16The young woman(R) was very attractive in appearance, a maiden[c] whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water to drink from your jar." 18She said, "Drink, my lord." And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking." 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the LORD had prospered his journey or not.

 22When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel,[d] and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23and said, "Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?" 24She said to him,(S) "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor." 25She added, "We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night." 26(T) The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD 27and said, "Blessed be the LORD,(U) the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken(V) his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD(W) has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen." 28Then the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.

 29Rebekah had a brother whose name was(X) Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring. 30As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and heard the words of Rebekah his sister, "Thus the man spoke to me," he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31He said, "Come in,(Y) O blessed of the LORD. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."

Footnotes:Genesis 24:10 Hebrew Aram-naharaim Genesis 24:14 Or By her Genesis 24:16 Or a woman of marriageable age Genesis 24:22 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
Cross references:Genesis 24:1 : Genesis 24:35; Genesis 13:2 Genesis 24:2 : Genesis 15:2 Genesis 24:2 : Genesis 24:9; Genesis 47:29 Genesis 24:3 : Genesis 26:34, 35; 27:46; Deut 7:3; 2 Cor 6:14 Genesis 24:4 : Genesis 28:2 Genesis 24:7 : Genesis 12:1 Genesis 24:7 : Genesis 12:7 Genesis 24:7 : Exodus 23:20, 23; 33:2; Heb 1:14 Genesis 24:8 : Josh 2:17-20 Genesis 24:9 : Genesis 24:2 Genesis 24:10 : Deut 23:4; Judg 3:8 Genesis 24:11 : 1 Sam 9:11; John 4:7 Genesis 24:12 : Genesis 24:27, 42, 48 Genesis 24:12 : Genesis 27:20 Genesis 24:13 : Genesis 24:43 Genesis 24:14 : Genesis 15:8 Genesis 24:15 : Genesis 11:29; 22:23 Genesis 24:16 : Genesis 26:7 Genesis 24:24 : Genesis 24:15; Genesis 22:23 Genesis 24:26 : Genesis 24:48, 52; Exodus 4:31 Genesis 24:27 : Genesis 24:12, 42, 48 Genesis 24:27 : Genesis 32:10; Psalm 98:3 Genesis 24:27 : Genesis 24:48 Genesis 24:29 : Genesis 25:20; 28:2; 29:5 Genesis 24:31 : Genesis 26:29; Judg 17:2; Ruth 3:10


Second Reading: Mk. 7:24-37


The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith

 24And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[a] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26(A) Now the woman was a(B) Gentile,(C) a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, "Let the children be(D) fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and(E) throw it to the dogs." 28But she answered him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s(F) crumbs." 29And he said to her, "For this statement you may(G) go your way; the demon has left your daughter." 30And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

 31(H) Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to(I) the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the(J) Decapolis. 32And they brought to him(K) a man who was deaf and(L) had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33And(M) taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34And(N) looking up to heaven,(O) he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." 35(P) And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36And(Q) Jesus[b] charged them to tell no one. But(R) the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37And they were(S) astonished beyond measure, saying, "He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

Footnotes:Mark 7:24 Some manuscripts omit and Sidon Mark 7:36 Greek he
Cross references:Mark 7:26 : John 12:20, 21 Mark 7:26 : 1 Cor 12:13 Mark 7:26 : Acts 21:2, 3 Mark 7:27 : Acts 3:26; Rom 1:16 Mark 7:27 : Matt 7:6 Mark 7:28 : Luke 16:21 Mark 7:29 : John 4:50 Mark 7:31 : For Mark 7:31-37, Matt 15:29-31 Mark 7:31 : Matt 4:18; John 6:1 Mark 7:31 : Mark 5:20; Matt 4:25 Mark 7:32 : Isa 35:5, 6 Mark 7:32 : Mark 5:23 Mark 7:33 : Mark 8:23 Mark 7:34 : Mark 6:41 Mark 7:34 : Mark 8:12; John 11:33 Mark 7:35 : Mark 7:32 Mark 7:36 : Mark 9:9; Matt 8:4 Mark 7:36 : Mark 1:45; Matt 9:31 Mark 7:37 : Mark 10:26


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