April 1st, 2019

Monday of Laetare (Lent 4)

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

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

Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt
 1Now (A)Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why are you staring at one another?"

 2He said, "Behold, (B)I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us from that place, (C)so that we may live and not die."

 3Then ten brothers of Joseph went down to buy grain from Egypt.

 4But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother (D)Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "(E)I am afraid that harm may befall him."

 5So the sons of Israel came to buy grain among those who were coming, (F)for the famine was in the land of Canaan also.

 6Now (G)Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land And Joseph's brothers came and (H)bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

 7When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he disguised himself to them and (I)spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, "Where have you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan, to buy food."

 8But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although (J)they did not recognize him.

 9Joseph (K)remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, "You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land."

 10Then they said to him, "No, (L)my lord, but your servants have come to buy food.

 11"We are all sons of one man; we are (M)honest men, your servants are not spies."

 12Yet he said to them, "No, but you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land!"

 13But they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers in all, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold, the youngest is with (N)our father today, and (O)one is no longer alive."

 14Joseph said to them, "It is as I said to you, you are spies;

 15by this you will be tested: (P)by the life of Pharaoh, you shall not go from this place unless your youngest brother comes here!

 16"Send one of you that he may get your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is (Q)truth in you. But if not, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies."

 17So he put them all together in (R)prison for three days.

 18Now Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live, for (S)I fear God:

 19if you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in your prison; but as for the rest of you, go, carry grain for the famine of your households,

 20and (T)bring your youngest brother to me, so your words may be verified, and you will not die." And they did so.

 21Then they said to one another, "(U)Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us."

 22Reuben answered them, saying, "(V)Did I not tell you, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? (W)Now comes the reckoning for his blood."

 23They did not know, however, that Joseph understood, for there was an interpreter between them.

 24He turned away from them and (X)wept But when he returned to them and spoke to them, he (Y)took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

 25(Z)Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

 26So they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed from there.

 27As one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his (AA)money; and behold, it was in the mouth of his sack.

 28Then he said to his brothers, "My money has been returned, and behold, it is even in my sack." And their hearts sank, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, "(AB)What is this that God has done to us?"

Simeon Is Held Hostage
 29When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying,

 30"The man, the lord of the land, (AC)spoke harshly with us, and took us for spies of the country.

 31"But we said to him, 'We are (AD)honest men; we are not spies.

 32'We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no longer alive, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.'

 33"The man, the lord of the land, said to us, '(AE)By this I will know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me and take grain for the famine of your households, and go.

 34'But bring your youngest brother to me that I may know that you are not spies, but honest men. I will give your brother to you, and you may (AF)trade in the land.'"

Cross references:Genesis 42:1 : Acts 7:12 Genesis 42:2 : Acts 7:12 Genesis 42:2 : Gen 43:8; Ps 33:18, 19 Genesis 42:4 : Gen 35:24 Genesis 42:4 : Gen 42:38 Genesis 42:5 : Gen 12:10; 26:1; 41:57; Acts 7:11 Genesis 42:6 : Gen 41:41, 55 Genesis 42:6 : Gen 37:7-10; 41:43; Is 60:14 Genesis 42:7 : Gen 42:30 Genesis 42:8 : Gen 37:2; 41:46 Genesis 42:9 : Gen 37:6-9 Genesis 42:10 : Gen 37:8 Genesis 42:11 : Gen 42:16, 19, 31, 34 Genesis 42:13 : Gen 43:7 Genesis 42:13 : Gen 37:30; 42:32; 44:20 Genesis 42:15 : 1 Sam 17:55 Genesis 42:16 : Gen 42:11 Genesis 42:17 : Gen 40:4, 7 Genesis 42:18 : Gen 39:9; Lev 25:43; Neh 5:15 Genesis 42:20 : Gen 42:34; 43:5; 44:23 Genesis 42:21 : Gen 37:26-28; 45:3; Hos 5:15 Genesis 42:22 : Gen 37:21, 22 Genesis 42:22 : Gen 9:5, 6; 1 Kin 2:32; 2 Chr 24:22; Ps 9:12 Genesis 42:24 : Gen 43:30; 45:14, 15 Genesis 42:24 : Gen 43:14, 23 Genesis 42:25 : Gen 44:1; Rom 12:17, 20, 21; 1 Pet 3:9 Genesis 42:27 : Gen 43:21, 22 Genesis 42:28 : Gen 43:23 Genesis 42:30 : Gen 42:7 Genesis 42:31 : Gen 42:11 Genesis 42:33 : Gen 42:19, 20 Genesis 42:34 : Gen 34:10

 38But Jacob said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his (A)brother is dead, and he alone is left (B)If harm should befall him on the journey you are taking, then you will (C)bring my gray hair down to Sheol in sorrow."

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Second Reading · Mk. 12:1-12

Parable of the Vine-growers
 1(A)And He began to speak to them in parables: "(B)A man (C)PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT, AND DUG A VAT UNDER THE WINE PRESS AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to [a]vine-growers and went on a journey.

 2"At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers.

 3"They took him, and beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

 4"Again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully.

 5"And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some and killing others.

 6"He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.'

 7"But those vine-growers said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!'

 8"They took him, and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard.

 9"What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vine-growers, and will give the vineyard to others.

 10"Have you not even read this Scripture:

 12(F)And they were seeking to seize Him, and yet they feared the people, for they understood that He spoke the parable against them And so (G)they left Him and went away.

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