March 22nd, 2019

Friday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)


First Reading: Gen. 24:32-52; Gen. 24:61-67


 32And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.

 33And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

 34And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

 35And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

 36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.

 37And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:

 38But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

 39And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.

 40And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:

 41Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

 42And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:

 43Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;

 44And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.

 45And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.

 46And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

 47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

 48And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

 49And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

 50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

 51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.

 52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.





 61And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

 62And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

 63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

 64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

 65For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

 66And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

 67And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.



Second Reading: Mk. 8:1-21


 1In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,

 2I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:

 3And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.

 4And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

 5And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.

 6And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

 7And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.

 8So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.

 9And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.

 10And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.

 11And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

 13And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.

 14Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.

 15And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

 16And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

 17And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?

 18Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

 19When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.

 20And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.

 21And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?



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