March 27th, 2019

Wednesday of Oculi (Lent 3)

First Reading: Gen. 37:1-36

Joseph's Dream

 1Now Jacob lived in (A)the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.

 2These are the records of the generations of Jacob. Joseph, when (B)seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with (C)the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives And Joseph brought back a (D)bad report about them to their father.

 3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was (E)the son of his old age; and he made him a [a](F)varicolored tunic.

 4His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they (G)hated him and could not speak to him [b]on friendly terms.

 5Then Joseph (H)had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.

 6He said to them, "Please listen to this dream which I have had;

 7for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and (I)bowed down to my sheaf."

 8Then his brothers said to him, "(J)Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

 9Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, "Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."

 10He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and (K)your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?"

 11(L)His brothers were jealous of him, but his father (M)kept the saying in mind.

 12Then his brothers went to pasture their father's flock in Shechem.

 13Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in (N)Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "I will go."

 14Then he said to him, "Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock, and bring word back to me." So he sent him from the valley of (O)Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

 15A man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him, "What are you looking for?"

 16He said, "I am looking for my brothers; please tell me where they are pasturing the flock."

 17Then the man said, "They have moved from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to (P)Dothan.'" So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.

The Plot against Joseph

 18When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they (Q)plotted against him to put him to death.

 19They said to one another, "Here comes this dreamer!

 20"Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and (R)we will say, 'A wild beast devoured him.' Then let us see what will become of his dreams!"

 21But (S)Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take his life."

 22Reuben further said to them, "Shed no blood. Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not lay hands on him"--that he might rescue him out of their hands, to restore him to his father.

 23So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him;

 24and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.

 25Then they sat down to eat a meal. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold, a caravan of (T)Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing (U)aromatic gum and (V)balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt.

 26Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is it for us to kill our brother and (W)cover up his blood?

 27"(X)Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him, for he is our brother, our own flesh." And his brothers listened to him.

 28Then some (Y)Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and (Z)sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver Thus (AA)they brought Joseph into Egypt.

 29Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he (AB)tore his garments.

 30He returned to his brothers and said, "(AC)The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?"

 31So (AD)they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood;

 32and they sent the varicolored tunic and brought it to their father and said, "We found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's tunic or not."

 33Then he examined it and said, "It is my son's tunic. (AE)A wild beast has devoured him; (AF)Joseph has surely been torn to pieces!"

 34So Jacob (AG)tore his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days.

 35Then all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. And he said, "Surely I will (AH)go down to Sheol in mourning for my son." So his father wept for him.

 36Meanwhile, the Midianites (AI)sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer, the captain of the bodyguard.

Footnotes:Genesis 37:3 Or full-length robe Genesis 37:4 Lit in peace
Cross references:Genesis 37:1 : Gen 17:8; 28:4 Genesis 37:2 : Gen 41:46 Genesis 37:2 : Gen 35:25, 26 Genesis 37:2 : 1 Sam 2:22-24 Genesis 37:3 : Gen 44:20 Genesis 37:3 : Gen 37:23, 32 Genesis 37:4 : Gen 27:41; 1 Sam 17:28 Genesis 37:5 : Gen 28:12; 31:10, 11, 24 Genesis 37:7 : Gen 42:6, 9; 43:26; 44:14 Genesis 37:8 : Gen 49:26; Deut 33:16 Genesis 37:10 : Gen 27:29 Genesis 37:11 : Acts 7:9 Genesis 37:11 : Dan 7:28; Luke 2:19, 51 Genesis 37:13 : Gen 33:18-20 Genesis 37:14 : Gen 13:18; 23:2, 19; 35:27; Josh 14:14, 15; Judg 1:10 Genesis 37:17 : 2 Kin 6:13 Genesis 37:18 : Ps 31:13; 37:12, 32; Mark 14:1; John 11:53; Acts 23:12 Genesis 37:20 : Gen 37:32, 33 Genesis 37:21 : Gen 42:22 Genesis 37:25 : Gen 16:11, 12; 37:28; 39:1 Genesis 37:25 : Gen 43:11 Genesis 37:25 : Jer 8:22; 46:11 Genesis 37:26 : Gen 37:20 Genesis 37:27 : Gen 42:21 Genesis 37:28 : Gen 37:25; Judg 6:1-3; 8:22, 24 Genesis 37:28 : Gen 45:4, 5; Ps 105:17; Acts 7:9 Genesis 37:28 : Gen 39:1 Genesis 37:29 : Gen 37:34; 44:13 Genesis 37:30 : Gen 42:13, 36 Genesis 37:31 : Gen 37:3, 23 Genesis 37:33 : Gen 37:20 Genesis 37:33 : Gen 44:28 Genesis 37:34 : Gen 37:29 Genesis 37:35 : Gen 25:8; 35:29; 42:38; 44:29, 31 Genesis 37:36 : Gen 39:1

Second Reading: Mk. 10:1-12

Jesus' Teaching about Divorce
 1(A)Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, (B)according to His custom, He once more began to teach them.

 2Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife.

 3And He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"

 4They said, "(C)Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY."

 5But Jesus said to them, "(D)Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.

 6"But (E)from the beginning of creation, God (F)MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.


 8(H)AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.

 9"What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."

 10In the house the disciples began questioning Him about this again.

 11And He said to them, "(I)Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her;

 12and (J)if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery."

Footnotes:Mark 10:7 Many late mss add and shall cling to his wife
Cross references:Mark 10:1 : Matt 19:1-9 Mark 10:1 : Matt 4:23; 26:55; Mark 1:21; 2:13; 4:2; 6:2, 6, 34; 12:35; 14:49 Mark 10:4 : Deut 24:1, 3; Matt 5:31 Mark 10:5 : Matt 19:8 Mark 10:6 : Mark 13:19; 2 Pet 3:4 Mark 10:6 : Gen 1:27; 5:2 Mark 10:7 : Gen 2:24 Mark 10:8 : Gen 2:24 Mark 10:11 : Matt 5:32 Mark 10:12 : 1 Cor 7:11, 13


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