First Reading: Gen. 24:32-52; Gen. 24:61-67
So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. 33
Then food was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say."
"Then tell us," Laban said. 34
So he said, "I am Abraham's servant. 35
The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. 36
My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her [a]
old age, and he has given him everything he owns. 37
And my master made me swear an oath, and said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, 38
but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.' 39
"Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?' 40
"He replied, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family. 41
Then, when you go to my clan, you will be released from my oath even if they refuse to give her to you—you will be released from my oath.' 42
"When I came to the spring today, I said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43
See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar," 44
and if she says to me, "Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels too," let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master's son.' 45
"Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.' 46
"She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.' So I drank, and she watered the camels also. 47
"I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?'
"She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.'
"Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48
and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son. 49
Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn." 50
Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51
Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed." 52
When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.Footnotes:
Genesis 24:36 Or his
Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left. 62
Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63
He went out to the field one evening to meditate, [a]
and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64
Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65
and asked the servant, "Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?"
"He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66
Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67
Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.Footnotes:
Genesis 24:63 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
Second Reading: Mk. 8:1-21
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 1
During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2
"I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3
If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance." 4
His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?" 5
"How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked.
"Seven," they replied. 6
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they did so. 7
They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8
The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9
About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away, 10
he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. 11
The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12
He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it." 13
Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Herod 14
The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15
"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod." 16
They discussed this with one another and said, "It is because we have no bread." 17
Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18
Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? 19
When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"
"Twelve," they replied. 20
"And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"
They answered, "Seven." 21
He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"