March 23rd, 2019

Saturday of Reminiscere (Lent 2)


First Reading: Gen. 27:1-29


 1And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

 2And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

 3Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

 4And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

 5And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

 6And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

 7Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.

 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

 9Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

 10And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

 11And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

 12My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

 13And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

 14And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

 15And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

 16And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

 17And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

 18And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

 19And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

 20And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.

 21And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

 22And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

 23And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

 24And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

 25And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine and he drank.

 26And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

 27And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

 28Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

 29Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.



Second Reading: Mk. 8:22-38


 22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

 23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

 24And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

 25After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

 26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

 27And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

 28And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

 29And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

 30And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

 31And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

 32And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

 33But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

 34And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

 36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.



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