April 4th, 2019

Thursday of Laetare (Lent 4)

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

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

Joseph Deals Kindly with His Brothers
 1Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him (A)when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

 2(B)He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.

 3Then Joseph said to his brothers, "(C)I am Joseph! (D)Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, for (E)they were dismayed at his presence.

 4Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come closer to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph, whom you (F)sold into Egypt.

 5"Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because (G)you sold me here, for (H)God sent me before you to preserve life.

 6"For the famine has been in the land (I)these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.

 7"(J)God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.

 8"Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a (K)father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

 9"Hurry and go up to my father, and (L)say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.

 10"You shall live in the land of (M)Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have.

 11"There I will also (N)provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished."'

 12"Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you.

 13"Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and (O)bring my father down here."

 14Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and (P)wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.

 15He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.

 16Now when (Q)the news was heard in Pharaoh's house that Joseph's brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants.

 17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan,

 18and take your father and your households and come to me, and (R)I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.'

 19"Now you are ordered, 'Do this: take (S)wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come.

 20'Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'"

Cross references:Genesis 45:1 : Acts 7:13 Genesis 45:2 : Gen 45:14, 15; 46:29 Genesis 45:3 : Acts 7:13 Genesis 45:3 : Gen 43:27 Genesis 45:3 : Gen 37:20-28; 42:21, 22 Genesis 45:4 : Gen 37:28 Genesis 45:5 : Gen 37:28 Genesis 45:5 : Gen 45:7, 8; 50:20; Ps 105:17 Genesis 45:6 : Gen 37:2; 41:46, 53 Genesis 45:7 : Gen 45:5 Genesis 45:8 : Judg 17:10 Genesis 45:9 : Acts 7:14 Genesis 45:10 : Gen 46:28, 34; 47:1 Genesis 45:11 : Gen 47:12 Genesis 45:13 : Acts 7:14 Genesis 45:14 : Gen 45:2 Genesis 45:16 : Acts 7:13 Genesis 45:18 : Gen 27:28 Genesis 45:19 : Gen 45:21, 27; 46:5; Num 7:3-8

 24So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, "Do not quarrel on the journey."

 25Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.

 26They told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt." But he was stunned, for (A)he did not believe them.

 27When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the (B)wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.

 28Then Israel said, "It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."

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Second Reading · Mk. 13:1-23

Things to Come
 1(A)As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, behold [a]what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!"

 2And Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? (B)Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down."

 3As He was sitting on (C)the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, (D)Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,

 4"Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?"

 5And Jesus began to say to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.

 6"Many will come in My name, saying, '(E)I am He!' and will mislead many.

 7"When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.

 8"For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

 9"But be on your guard; for they will (F)deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged (G)in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.

 10"(H)The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

 11"(I)When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.

 12"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.

 13"(J)You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

 14"But (K)when you see the (L)ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.

 15"(M)The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house;

 16and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat.

 17"But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

 18"But pray that it may not happen in the winter.

 19"For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred (N)since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will.

 20"Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

 21"And then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ'; or, 'Behold, He is there'; do not believe him;

 22for false Christs and (O)false prophets will arise, and will show (P)signs and (Q)wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

 23"But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance.

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