April 6th, 2019

Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, and Michelangelo, Artists


First Reading: Gen. 49:29-50:7; Gen. 49:14-26

 29Then he charged them and said to them, "I am about to be (A)gathered to my people; (B)bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in (C)the field of Ephron the Hittite,

 30in the (D)cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for a burial site.

 31"There they buried (E)Abraham and his wife (F)Sarah, there they buried (G)Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there I buried Leah--

 32the field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the sons of Heth."

 33When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and (H)breathed his last, and was (I)gathered to his people.

The Death of Israel
 1Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and wept over him and kissed him.

 2Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians (J)embalmed Israel.

 3Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians (K)wept for him seventy days.

 4When the days of mourning for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found favor in your sight, please speak to Pharaoh, saying,

 5'(L)My father made me swear, saying, "Behold, I am about to die; in my grave (M)which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.'"

 6Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear."

 7So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

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Second Reading: Mk. 14:1-11

Death Plot and Anointing
 1(A)Now (B)the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes (C)were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;

 2for they were saying, "Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people."

 3(D)While He was in (E)Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very (F)costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.

 4But some were indignantly remarking to one another, "Why has this perfume been wasted?

 5"For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred [a]denarii, and the money given to the poor." And they were scolding her.

 6But Jesus said, "Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me.

 7"For you always have (G)the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.

 8"She has done what she could; (H)she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial.

 9"Truly I say to you, (I)wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."

 10(J)Then Judas Iscariot, (K)who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them.

 11They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he began seeking how to betray Him at an opportune time.

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