March 30th, 2019

Saturday of Oculi (Lent 3)

First Reading: Gen. 41:1-27

Pharaoh's Dream
 1Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

 2And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the (A)marsh grass.

 3Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile.

 4The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.

 5He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good.

 6Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them.

 7The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.

 8Now in the morning (B)his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the (C)magicians of Egypt, and all its (D)wise men And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but (E)there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

 9Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I would make mention today of (F)my own offenses.

 10"Pharaoh was (G)furious with his servants, and (H)he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.

 11"(I)We had a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.

 12"Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a (J)servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and (K)he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.

 13"And just (L)as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him."

Joseph Interprets
 14Then Pharaoh sent and (M)called for Joseph, and they (N)hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.

 15Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, (O)but no one can interpret it; and (P)I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."

 16Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, "(Q)It is not in me; (R)God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."

 17So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, "In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile;

 18and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.

 19"Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt;

 20and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.

 21"Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke.

 22"I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk;

 23and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them;

 24and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then (S)I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me."

 25Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, "Pharaoh's dreams are one and the same; (T)God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do.

 26"The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same.

 27"The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind (U)will be seven years of famine.

Cross references:Genesis 41:2 : Job 8:11; Is 19:6, 7 Genesis 41:8 : Dan 2:1, 3 Genesis 41:8 : Ex 7:11, 22; Dan 1:20; 2:2 Genesis 41:8 : Matt 2:1 Genesis 41:8 : Dan 2:27; 4:7 Genesis 41:9 : Gen 40:14, 23 Genesis 41:10 : Gen 40:2, 3 Genesis 41:10 : Gen 39:20 Genesis 41:11 : Gen 40:5 Genesis 41:12 : Gen 37:36 Genesis 41:12 : Gen 40:12 Genesis 41:13 : Gen 40:21, 22 Genesis 41:14 : Ps 105:20 Genesis 41:14 : Dan 2:25 Genesis 41:15 : Gen 41:8 Genesis 41:15 : Dan 5:16 Genesis 41:16 : Dan 2:30; Zech 4:6; Acts 3:12; 2 Cor 3:5 Genesis 41:16 : Gen 40:8; 41:25, 28, 32; Deut 29:29; Dan 2:22, 28, 47 Genesis 41:24 : Is 8:19; Dan 4:7 Genesis 41:25 : Gen 41:28, 32; Dan 2:28, 29, 45 Genesis 41:27 : 2 Kin 8:1

Second Reading: Mk. 11:1-19

The Triumphal Entry
 1(A)As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and (B)Bethany, near (C)the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples,

 2and said to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here.

 3"If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' you say, 'The Lord has need of it'; and immediately he will send it back here."

 4They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street; and they untied it.

 5Some of the bystanders were saying to them, "What are you doing, untying the colt?"

 6They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission.

 7(D)They brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it.

 8And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields.

 9Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:
    10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David;
         Hosanna (F)in the highest!"

 11(G)Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple; and after looking around at everything, (H)He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

 12(I)On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry.

 13Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

 14He said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" And His disciples were listening.

Jesus Drives Money Changers from the Temple
 15(J)Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves;

 16and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple.

 17And He began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written, '(K)MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS'? (L)But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN."

 18The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and (M)began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for (N)the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

 19(O)When evening came, they would go out of the city.

Cross references:Mark 11:1 : Matt 21:1-9; Luke 19:29-38 Mark 11:1 : Matt 21:17 Mark 11:1 : Matt 21:1 Mark 11:7 : Matt 21:4-9; Luke 19:35-38; John 12:12-15 Mark 11:9 : Ps 118:26; Matt 21:9 Mark 11:10 : Matt 21:9 Mark 11:11 : Matt 21:12 Mark 11:11 : Matt 21:17 Mark 11:12 : Matt 21:18-22 Mark 11:15 : Matt 21:12-16; Luke 19:45-47; John 2:13-16 Mark 11:17 : Is 56:7 Mark 11:17 : Jer 7:11 Mark 11:18 : Matt 21:46; Mark 12:12; Luke 20:19; John 7:1 Mark 11:18 : Matt 7:28 Mark 11:19 : Matt 21:17; Mark 11:11; Luke 21:37


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