March 28th, 2019

Thursday of Oculi (Lent 3)

First Reading: Gen. 39:1-23

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

 1Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and(A) Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian,(B) had bought him from the(C) Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. 2(D) The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. 3His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD(E) caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. 4So Joseph(F) found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house(G) and put him in charge of all that he had. 5From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house(H) for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field. 6So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate.


   Now Joseph was(I) handsome in form and appearance. 7And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, "Lie with me." 8But he refused and said to his master’s wife, "Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and(J) he has put everything that he has in my charge. 9He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and(K) sin against God?" 10And as she spoke to Joseph day after day, he(L) would not listen to her, to lie beside her or to be with her.

 11But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12(M) she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. 13And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house, 14she called to the men of her household and said to them, "See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house." 16Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home, 17and she told him the same story, saying, "The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me. 18But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house."

 19As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, "This is the way your servant treated me," his anger was kindled. 20And Joseph’s master took him and(N) put him into the(O) prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21But(P) the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love(Q) and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22And the keeper of the prison(R) put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. 23The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because(S) the LORD was with him. And whatever he did, the LORD made it succeed.

Cross references:Genesis 39:1 : Genesis 37:36 Genesis 39:1 : Genesis 37:28 Genesis 39:1 : Genesis 37:25 Genesis 39:2 : Genesis 39:21; Acts 7:9; Genesis 21:22; 26:24, 28; 28:15; 1 Sam 16:18; 18:14, 28 Genesis 39:3 : 2 Chr 26:5; Psalm 1:3 Genesis 39:4 : Genesis 39:21; Genesis 19:19; 33:10 Genesis 39:4 : Genesis 39:8 Genesis 39:5 : Genesis 30:27 Genesis 39:6 : Genesis 29:17; 1 Sam 16:12 Genesis 39:8 : Genesis 39:4 Genesis 39:9 : 2 Sam 12:13; Psalm 51:4 Genesis 39:10 : Prov 1:10 Genesis 39:12 : Prov 7:13, 18 Genesis 39:20 : Psalm 105:18 Genesis 39:20 : Genesis 40:3, 5; Genesis 40:15; 41:14 Genesis 39:21 : Genesis 39:2; Acts 7:9, 10 Genesis 39:21 : Exodus 3:21; 11:3; 12:36 Genesis 39:22 : Genesis 40:4 Genesis 39:23 : Genesis 39:2, 3

Second Reading: Mk. 10:13-31

Let the Children Come to Me

 13(A) And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples(B) rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, (C) "Let the children come to me;(D) do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15(E) Truly, I say to you, whoever does not(F) receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." 16And(G) he took them in his arms and blessed them,(H) laying his hands on them.

The Rich Young Man

 17(I) And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and(J) knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to(K) inherit eternal life?" 18And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19You know the commandments:(L) 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20And he said to him, "Teacher,(M) all these I have kept from my youth." 21And Jesus,(N) looking at him,(O) loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go,(P) sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have(Q) treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 22(R) Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

 23And Jesus(S) looked around and said to his disciples, (T) "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter(U) the kingdom of God!" 24And the disciples(V) were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, (W) "Children,(X) how difficult it is[a] to enter(Y) the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter(Z) the kingdom of God." 26And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him,[b] "Then who can be saved?" 27Jesus(AA) looked at them and said, (AB) "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." 28Peter began to say to him, "See,(AC) we have left everything and followed you." 29Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you,(AD) there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and(AE) for the gospel, 30who will not receive a hundredfold(AF) now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,(AG) with persecutions, and in(AH) the age to come eternal life. 31But(AI) many who are first will be last, and the last first."

Footnotes:Mark 10:24 Some manuscripts add for those who trust in riches Mark 10:26 Some manuscripts to one another
Cross references:Mark 10:13 : For Mark 10:13-16, Matt 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17 Mark 10:13 : Mark 10:48 Mark 10:14 : Matt 18:3 Mark 10:14 : Mark 9:39 Mark 10:15 : John 3:3, 5 Mark 10:15 : Luke 8:13; James 1:21 Mark 10:16 : Mark 9:36 Mark 10:16 : Rev 1:17 Mark 10:17 : For Mark 10:17-30, Matt 19:16-29; Luke 18:18-30; Luke 10:25-28 Mark 10:17 : Mark 1:40 Mark 10:17 : Matt 19:16; Matt 25:34 Mark 10:19 : Rom 13:9; Exodus 20:12-16; Deut 5:16-20; Matt 5:21, 27 Mark 10:20 : Phil 3:6 Mark 10:21 : Mark 10:27; Luke 22:61; John 1:42; Mark 3:5 Mark 10:21 : John 11:5; 13:23 Mark 10:21 : Luke 12:33; Luke 16:9; 19:8; Acts 2:45; 4:34, 35; 1 Tim 6:18, 19 Mark 10:21 : Matt 6:19, 20 Mark 10:22 : Ezek 33:31 Mark 10:23 : Mark 3:5 Mark 10:23 : 1 Cor 1:26; Matt 13:22 Mark 10:23 : Matt 12:28 Mark 10:24 : Mark 10:32 Mark 10:24 : Mark 2:5 (Gk); John 13:33; 21:5 Mark 10:24 : Job 31:24; Psalm 49:6; 52:7; Prov 11:28; 1 Tim 6:17 Mark 10:24 : Mark 10:23 Mark 10:25 : Mark 10:23 Mark 10:27 : Mark 10:23 Mark 10:27 : Mark 14:36; Gen 18:14; Job 42:2; Jer 32:17, 27; Luke 1:37 Mark 10:28 : Mark 1:18, 20; Matt 4:20, 22 Mark 10:29 : Luke 14:26 Mark 10:29 : Mark 8:35 Mark 10:30 : Matt 6:33 Mark 10:30 : 2 Cor 12:10; 2 Thess 1:4; 2 Tim 3:11, 12; John 15:20; Acts 14:22 Mark 10:30 : Matt 12:32; Eph 1:21; Luke 20:35 Mark 10:31 : Matt 19:30


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