April 12th, 2019

Friday of Judica (Lent 5)


First Reading: Ex. 5:1-6:1

Israel's Labor Increased
 1And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, "(A)Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, '(B)Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.'"

 2But Pharaoh said, "(C)Who is the LORD that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and besides, (D)I will not let Israel go."

 3Then they said, "(E)The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword."

 4But the king of Egypt said to them, "Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your (F)labors!"

 5Again Pharaoh said, "Look, (G)the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!"

 6So the same day Pharaoh commanded (H)the taskmasters over the people and their (I)foremen, saying,

 7"You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves.

 8"But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are (J)lazy, therefore they cry out, 'Let us go and sacrifice to our God.'

 9"Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words."

 10So (K)the taskmasters of the people and their foremen went out and spoke to the people, saying, "Thus says Pharaoh, 'I am not going to give you any straw.

 11'You go and get straw for yourselves wherever you can find it, but none of your labor will be reduced.'"

 12So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.

 13The taskmasters pressed them, saying, "Complete your work quota, your daily amount, just as when you had straw."

 14Moreover, (L)the foremen of the sons of Israel, whom Pharaoh's taskmasters had set over them, (M)were beaten and were asked, "Why have you not completed your required amount either yesterday or today in making brick as previously?"

 15Then the foremen of the sons of Israel came and cried out to Pharaoh, saying, "Why do you deal this way with your servants?

 16"There is no straw given to your servants, yet they keep saying to us, 'Make bricks!' And behold, your servants are being beaten; but it is the fault of your own people."

 17But he said, "You are (N)lazy, very lazy; therefore you say, 'Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.'

 18"So go now and work; for you will be given no straw, yet you must deliver the quota of bricks."

 19The foremen of the sons of Israel saw that they were in trouble because they were told, "You must not reduce your daily amount of bricks."

 20When they left Pharaoh's presence, they met Moses and Aaron as they were waiting for them.

 21(O)They said to them, "(P)May the LORD look upon you and judge you, for you have (Q)made [a]us odious in Pharaoh's sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us."

 22Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "(R)O Lord, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me?

 23"Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, (S)and You have not delivered Your people at all."

God Promises Action
 1Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for (T)under compulsion he will let them go, and under compulsion he will drive them out of his land."

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Second Reading: Mk. 15:33-47

 33(A)When the [a](B)sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the [b](C)ninth hour.

 34At the (D)ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "(E)ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?" which is translated, "MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?"

 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, "Behold, He is calling for Elijah."

 36Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink, saying, "Let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down."

 37(F)And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last.

 38(G)And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

 39(H)When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"

 40(I)There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James (J)the Less and Joses, and (K)Salome.

 41When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and (L)minister to Him; and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

Jesus Is Buried
 42(M)When evening had already come, because it was (N)the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

 43Joseph of Arimathea came, a (O)prominent member of the Council, who himself was (P)waiting for the kingdom of God; and he (Q)gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.

 44Pilate wondered if He was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.

 45And ascertaining this from (R)the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.

 46Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

 47(S)Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were looking on to see where He was laid.

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