March 26th, 2019

Tuesday of Oculi (Lent 3)

First Reading: Gen. 35:1-29

Jacob Returns to Bethel
 1 Then God said to Jacob, "Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau."

 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, "Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone." 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell upon the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.

 6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, [a] because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

 8 Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died and was buried under the oak below Bethel. So it was named Allon Bacuth. [b]

 9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, [c] God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, [d] but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. [e] " So he named him Israel.

 11 And God said to him, "I am God Almighty [f] ; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you." 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.

 14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel. [g]

The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac
 16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, "Don't be afraid, for you have another son." 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni. [h] But his father named him Benjamin. [i]

 19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel's tomb.

 21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father's concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it.
      Jacob had twelve sons:

 23 The sons of Leah:
       Reuben the firstborn of Jacob,
       Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.

 24 The sons of Rachel:
       Joseph and Benjamin.

 25 The sons of Rachel's maidservant Bilhah:
       Dan and Naphtali.

 26 The sons of Leah's maidservant Zilpah:
       Gad and Asher.
      These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram.

 27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Footnotes:Genesis 35:7 El Bethel means God of Bethel . Genesis 35:8 Allon Bacuth means oak of weeping . Genesis 35:9 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26 Genesis 35:10 Jacob means he grasps the heel (figuratively, he deceives ). Genesis 35:10 Israel means he struggles with God . Genesis 35:11 Hebrew El-Shaddai Genesis 35:15 Bethel means house of God . Genesis 35:18 Ben-Oni means son of my trouble . Genesis 35:18 Benjamin means son of my right hand .

Second Reading: Mk. 9:33-50

Who is Greatest?

 33They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

 35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."

 36He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

 38"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."

 39"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us. 41I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

Causing to Sin

 42"And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 43If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.[a] 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.[b] 47And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48where
   " 'their worm does not die,
      and the fire is not quenched.'[c] 49Everyone will be salted with fire.

 50"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."

Footnotes:Mark 9:43 Some manuscripts out, 44 where / " 'their worm does not die, / and the fire is not quenched.' Mark 9:45 Some manuscripts hell, 46 where / " 'their worm does not die, / and the fire is not quenched.' Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24


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