May 20th, 2019

Monday of Cantate (Easter 5)

First Reading: Lev. 21:1-24

Regulations concerning Priests
 1Then the LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: '(A)No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his people,

 2(B)except for his relatives who are nearest to him, his mother and his father and his son and his daughter and his brother,

 3also for his virgin sister, who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may defile himself.

 4'He shall not defile himself as a relative by marriage among his people, and so profane himself.

 5'(C)They shall not make any baldness on their heads, (D)nor shave off the edges of their beards, (E)nor make any cuts in their flesh.

 6'They shall be holy to their God and (F)not profane the name of their God, for they present the offerings by fire to the LORD, (G)the food of their God; so they shall be holy.

 7'(H)They shall not take a woman who is profaned by harlotry, nor shall they take a woman divorced from her husband; for he is holy to his God.

 8'You shall consecrate him, therefore, for he offers (I)the food of your God; he shall be holy to you; for I the LORD, who sanctifies you, am holy.

 9'(J)Also the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by harlotry, she profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

 10'The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, (K)shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes;

 11(L)nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself even for his father or his mother;

 12(M)nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for (N)the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him; I am the LORD.

 13'He shall take a wife in her virginity.

 14'(O)A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is profaned by harlotry, these he may not take; but rather he is to marry a virgin of his own people,

 15so that he will not profane his offspring among his people; for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.'"

 16Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 17"Speak to Aaron, saying, 'No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the (P)food of his God.

 18'(Q)For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a (R)disfigured face, or any deformed limb,

 19or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,

 20or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or (S)crushed testicles.

 21'No man among the descendants of Aaron the priest who has a defect is to come near to offer the LORD'S offerings by fire; since he has a defect, he shall not come near to offer (T)the food of his God.

 22'He may eat (U)the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy,

 23only he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'"

 24So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel.

Cross references:Leviticus 21:1 : Lev 19:28; Ezek 44:25 Leviticus 21:2 : Lev 21:11 Leviticus 21:5 : Deut 14:1; Ezek 44:20 Leviticus 21:5 : Lev 19:27 Leviticus 21:5 : Deut 14:1 Leviticus 21:6 : Lev 18:21 Leviticus 21:6 : Lev 3:11 Leviticus 21:7 : Lev 21:13, 14 Leviticus 21:8 : Lev 21:6 Leviticus 21:9 : Gen 38:24; Lev 19:29 Leviticus 21:10 : Lev 10:6 Leviticus 21:11 : Lev 19:28; Num 19:14 Leviticus 21:12 : Lev 10:7 Leviticus 21:12 : Ex 29:6, 7 Leviticus 21:14 : Lev 21:7; Ezek 44:22 Leviticus 21:17 : Lev 21:6 Leviticus 21:18 : Lev 22:19-25 Leviticus 21:18 : Lev 22:19-25 Leviticus 21:20 : Deut 23:1; Is 56:3-5 Leviticus 21:21 : Lev 21:6 Leviticus 21:22 : 1 Cor 9:13

Second Reading: Lk. 12:1-12

God Knows and Cares
 1Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, "(A)Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

 2"(B)But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

 3"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon (C)the housetops.

 4"I say to you, (D)My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.

 5"But I will warn you whom to fear: (E)fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into (F)hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

 6"Are not (G)five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God.

 7"(H)Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

 8"And I say to you, everyone who (I)confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;

 9but (J)he who denies Me before men will be denied (K)before the angels of God.

 10"(L)And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him.

 11"When they bring you before (M)the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not (N)worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;

 12for (O)the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."

Cross references:Luke 12:1 : Matt 16:6, 11; Mark 8:15 Luke 12:2 : Matt 10:26-33; Matt 10:26; Mark 4:22; Luke 8:17 Luke 12:3 : Matt 10:27; 24:17 Luke 12:4 : John 15:13-15 Luke 12:5 : Heb 10:31 Luke 12:5 : Matt 5:22 Luke 12:6 : Matt 10:29 Luke 12:7 : Matt 10:30 Luke 12:8 : Matt 10:32; Luke 15:10; Rom 10:9 Luke 12:9 : Matt 10:33; Luke 9:26 Luke 12:9 : Luke 15:10 Luke 12:10 : Matt 12:31, 32; Mark 3:28-30 Luke 12:11 : Matt 10:17 Luke 12:11 : Matt 6:25; 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:22; 21:14 Luke 12:12 : Matt 10:20; Luke 21:15


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