March 21st, 2019

Thursday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)


First Reading: Gen. 24:1-31


 1And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

 2And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

 3And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

 4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

 5And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?

 6And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

 7The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

 8And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

 9And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

 10And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

 11And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.

 12And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

 13Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

 14And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

 15And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

 16And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

 17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

 18And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

 19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

 20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

 21And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

 22And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

 23And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?

 24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.

 25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.

 26And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

 27And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

 28And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.

 29And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.

 30And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

 31And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.



Second Reading: Mk. 7:24-37


 24And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

 25For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

 26The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

 27But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

 28And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

 29And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

 30And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

 31And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.

 32And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.

 33And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

 34And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

 35And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

 36And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

 37And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.



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