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April 4th, 2019

Thursday of Laetare (Lent 4)

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Gen. 45:1-20; Gen. 45:24-28

 1Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

 2And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

 3And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

 4And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

 5Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

 6For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

 7And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

 8So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

 9Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

 10And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

 11And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

 12And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

 13And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

 14And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

 15Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

 16And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

 17And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;

 18And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

 19Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

 20Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is your's.





 24So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

 25And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,

 26And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not.

 27And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

 28And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.



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Second Reading · Mk. 13:1-23

 1And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

 2And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 3And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

 4Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

 5And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

 6For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

 7And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

 8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

 9But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

 10And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

 11But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

 12Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

 13And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 14But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

 15And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

 16And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

 17But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 18And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

 19For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

 20And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

 21And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

 22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

 23But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.



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