May 21st, 2019

Emperor Constantine, Christian Ruler and \ Helen, Mother of Constantine


First Reading: Lev. 23:1-22


Feasts of the LORD
 1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Speak to the people of Israel and say to them,(A) These are the appointed feasts of the LORD that you shall(B) proclaim as(C) holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts.
The Sabbath
 3(D) "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.
The Passover
 4(E) "These are the appointed feasts of the LORD, the(F) holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at the time appointed for them. 5(G) In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight,[a] is the LORD’s Passover. 6And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. 7(H) On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 8But you shall present a food offering to the LORD for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work."
The Feast of Firstfruits
 9And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10"Speak to the people of Israel and say to them,(I) When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of(J) the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, 11and he shall(K) wave the sheaf before the LORD, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. 12And on the day when you(L) wave the sheaf, you shall offer a(M) male lamb a year old without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD. 13(N) And the grain offering with it shall be two tenths of an ephah[b] of fine flour mixed with oil, a food offering to the LORD with a pleasing aroma,(O) and the drink offering with it shall be of wine, a fourth of a hin.[c] 14And you shall eat neither bread nor grain(P) parched or fresh until this same day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
The Feast of Weeks
 15(Q) "You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the(R) wave offering. 16You shall count(S) fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of(T) new grain to the LORD. 17You shall bring from your dwelling places two loaves of bread to be waved, made of two tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour, and they shall be baked with leaven, as(U) firstfruits to the LORD. 18And you shall present with the bread seven lambs a year old without blemish, and one bull from the herd and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 19And you shall offer one(V) male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice of(W) peace offerings. 20And the priest shall(X) wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs.(Y) They shall be holy to the LORD for the priest. 21And you shall make proclamation on the same day. You shall hold a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work. It is a statute forever in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.

 22"And(Z) when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God."

Footnotes:Leviticus 23:5 Hebrew between the two evenings Leviticus 23:13 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters Leviticus 23:13 A hin was about 4 quarts or 3.5 liters
Cross references:Leviticus 23:2 : Leviticus 23:4, 37; Num 29:39; Exodus 23:14-17 Leviticus 23:2 : Num 10:10; Psalm 81:3; Joel 2:15 Leviticus 23:2 : Exodus 12:16 Leviticus 23:3 : Leviticus 19:3; Exodus 23:12; 31:15; 34:21; Luke 13:14; Exodus 20:8-11; Deut 5:12-15 Leviticus 23:4 : Leviticus 23:2 Leviticus 23:4 : Exodus 12:16 Leviticus 23:5 : Exodus 13:3, 10; 23:15; 34:18; Num 9:2, 3; 28:16, 17; Josh 5:10; 2 Kgs 23:21; Ezra 6:19; Num 9:10, 11; 2 Chr 30:2, 13, 15; Exodus 12:2-14; Deut 16:1-8 Leviticus 23:7 : Exodus 12:16; Num 28:18, 25 Leviticus 23:10 : Exodus 23:19; 34:26; Num 15:18, 19; 28:26; Deut 26:1, 2 Leviticus 23:10 : Leviticus 23:17 Leviticus 23:11 : Leviticus 23:15, 20; Exodus 29:24 Leviticus 23:12 : Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:12 : Leviticus 1:10 Leviticus 23:13 : Leviticus 2:14-16 Leviticus 23:13 : Exodus 29:40 Leviticus 23:14 : Leviticus 2:14 Leviticus 23:15 : Exodus 34:22; Deut 16:9 Leviticus 23:15 : Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:16 : Acts 2:1 (Gk) Leviticus 23:16 : Num 28:26 Leviticus 23:17 : Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:19 : Leviticus 4:23, 28; Num 28:30 Leviticus 23:19 : Leviticus 3:1 Leviticus 23:20 : Leviticus 23:11 Leviticus 23:20 : Num 18:12; Deut 18:4 Leviticus 23:22 : Leviticus 19:9, 10; Deut 24:19; Ruth 2:2, 3


Second Reading: Lk. 12:13-34


The Parable of the Rich Fool

 13(A) Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14But he said to him, (B) "Man,(C) who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?" 15And he said to them, (D) "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16And he told them a parable, saying, (E) "The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself,(F) 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' 18And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my(G) barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up(H) for many years; relax,(I) eat, drink, be merry.' 20But God said to him,(J) 'Fool!(K) This night(L) your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared,(M) whose will they be?' 21So is the one(N) who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

Do Not Be Anxious

 22And he said to his disciples, (O) "Therefore I tell you,(P) do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24(Q) Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.(R) Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his(S) span of life?[a] 26If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you,(T) even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you,(U) O you of little faith! 29And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor(V) be worried. 30For(W) all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead,(X) seek(Y) his[c] kingdom,(Z) and these things will be added to you.

 32(AA) "Fear not, little(AB) flock, for(AC) it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you(AD) the kingdom. 33(AE) Sell your possessions, and(AF) give to the needy.(AG) Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with(AH) a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34(AI) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Footnotes:Luke 12:25 Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters Luke 12:27 Some manuscripts Consider the lilies; they neither spin nor weave Luke 12:31 Some manuscripts God’s
Cross references:Luke 12:13 : Luke 11:27 Luke 12:14 : Mic 6:8; Rom 2:1, 3; 9:20 Luke 12:14 : Exodus 2:14; Acts 7:27 Luke 12:15 : 1 Tim 6:6-11; Heb 13:5 Luke 12:16 : Psalm 49:16-20 Luke 12:17 : Eccles 5:10 Luke 12:18 : Luke 12:24 Luke 12:19 : Prov 27:1; James 4:13-15 Luke 12:19 : Eccles 2:24; 11:9; 1 Cor 15:32; Luke 15:23 Luke 12:20 : Jer 17:11; Matt 16:26 Luke 12:20 : Luke 12:19 Luke 12:20 : Job 27:8 Luke 12:20 : Psalm 39:6; Job 27:17-22; Eccles 2:18, 21 Luke 12:21 : Matt 6:19, 20 Luke 12:22 : For Luke 12:22-31, Matt 6:25-33 Luke 12:22 : Luke 12:11; Luke 10:41; Matt 10:19; 13:22 (Gk); 1 Cor 7:32 (Gk); Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7 Luke 12:24 : Job 38:41; Psalm 147:9 Luke 12:24 : Luke 12:7 Luke 12:25 : Luke 2:52 (Gk) Luke 12:27 : 1 Kgs 10:4-7 Luke 12:28 : Matt 8:26; 14:31; 16:8; Luke 17:6 Luke 12:29 : James 1:6 Luke 12:30 : Matt 6:8 Luke 12:31 : Matt 5:6, 20 Luke 12:31 : Luke 11:2 Luke 12:31 : 1 Kgs 3:11-14; Mark 10:29, 30; 1 Tim 4:8; 1 Pet 3:9 Luke 12:32 : Isa 41:14; 44:2 Luke 12:32 : Isa 40:11; Matt 26:31; John 10:16; 21:15-17; Acts 20:28, 29; 1 Pet 5:2, 3 Luke 12:32 : Luke 10:21; Matt 11:26; Eph 1:5, 9; Phil 2:13 Luke 12:32 : Luke 22:29; Matt 13:19 Luke 12:33 : Matt 19:21 Luke 12:33 : Luke 11:41 Luke 12:33 : Luke 16:9 Luke 12:33 : Matt 6:20; Luke 12:21; 1 Pet 1:4 Luke 12:34 : Matt 6:21


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