April 1st, 2019

Monday of Laetare (Lent 4)


First Reading: Gen. 42:1-34; Gen. 42:38


 1Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?

 2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

 3And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

 4But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.

 5And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

 6And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

 7And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

 8And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

 10And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

 11We are all one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

 12And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

 13And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

 14And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:

 15Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

 16Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.

 17And he put them all together into ward three days.

 18And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

 19If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

 20But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

 21And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

 22And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

 23And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

 24And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

 25Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

 26And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

 27And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.

 28And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

 29And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,

 30The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.

 31And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

 32We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

 33And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:

 34And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.





 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.



Second Reading: Mk. 12:1-12


 1And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.

 2And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.

 3And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

 4And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

 5And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

 6Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

 7But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.'

 8And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

 9What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.

 10And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

 11This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

 12And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way.



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