First Reading: Gen. 27:1-29
Jacob Gets Isaac's Blessing 1
When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see, he called for Esau his older son and said to him, "My son."
"Here I am," he answered. 2
Isaac said, "I am now an old man and don't know the day of my death. 3
Now then, get your weapons—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4
Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die." 5
Now Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back, 6
Rebekah said to her son Jacob, "Look, I overheard your father say to your brother Esau, 7
'Bring me some game and prepare me some tasty food to eat, so that I may give you my blessing in the presence of the LORD before I die.' 8
Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 9
Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. 10
Then take it to your father to eat, so that he may give you his blessing before he dies." 11
Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin. 12
What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing." 13
His mother said to him, "My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me." 14
So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. 15
Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16
She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17
Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made. 18
He went to his father and said, "My father."
"Yes, my son," he answered. "Who is it?" 19
Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing." 20
Isaac asked his son, "How did you find it so quickly, my son?"
"The LORD your God gave me success," he replied. 21
Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not." 22
Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau." 23
He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him. 24
"Are you really my son Esau?" he asked.
"I am," he replied. 25
Then he said, "My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing."
Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26
Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come here, my son, and kiss me." 27
So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,
"Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the LORD has blessed. 28
May God give you of heaven's dew
and of earth's richness—
an abundance of grain and new wine. 29
May nations serve you
and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed."
Second Reading: Mk. 8:22-38
The Healing of a Blind Man at Bethsaida
22They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24
He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26
Jesus sent him home, saying, "Don't go into the village.[a]
Peter's Confession of Christ
27Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" 28
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29
"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Christ.[b]
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
Jesus Predicts His Death
31He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 34
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35
For whoever wants to save his life[c]
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37
Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."Footnotes:
Mark 8:26 Some manuscripts Don't go and tell anyone in the village
Mark 8:29 Or Messiah. "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One."
Mark 8:35 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 36.