March 28th, 2019

Thursday of Oculi (Lent 3)


First Reading: Gen. 39:1-23


 1And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

 2And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

 3And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

 4And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

 5And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

 6And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

 7And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

 8But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

 9There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

 10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

 11And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

 12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

 13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,

 14That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

 15And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

 16And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.

 17And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:

 18And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.

 19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

 20And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

 21But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

 22And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

 23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.



Second Reading: Mk. 10:13-31


 13And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

 14But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

 15Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

 16And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

 17And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

 18And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

 19Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

 20And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

 21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

 22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

 23And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

 24And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 26And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?

 27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 28Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.

 29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,

 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

 31But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.



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