May 21st, 2019

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


First Reading: Lev. 23:1-22


Laws of Religious Festivals
 1The LORD spoke again to Moses, saying,

 2"Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, '(A)The LORD'S appointed times which you shall (B)proclaim as holy convocations--My appointed times are these:

 3'(C)For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings.

 4'These are the (D)appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them.

 5'(E)In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.

 6'Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the (F)Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.

 7'On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall (G)not do any laborious work.

 8'But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.'"

 9Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 10"Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and (H)reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.

 11'He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 12'Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD.

 13'Its (I)grain offering shall then be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire to the LORD for a soothing aroma, with its drink offering, a fourth of a [a]hin of wine.

 14'Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, (J)you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.

 15'(K)You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths.

 16'You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a (L)new grain offering to the LORD.

 17'You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked (M)with leaven as first fruits to the LORD.

 18'Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.

 19'You shall also offer (N)one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings.

 20'The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the LORD; they are to be holy to the LORD for the priest.

 21'On this same day you shall (O)make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation You shall do no laborious (P)work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.

 22'(Q)When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'"

Footnotes:Leviticus 23:13 I.e. Approx one gal.
Cross references:Leviticus 23:2 : Lev 23:4, 37, 44; Num 29:39 Leviticus 23:2 : Lev 23:21 Leviticus 23:3 : Ex 20:9, 10; 23:12; 31:13-17; 35:2, 3; Lev 19:3; Deut 5:13, 14 Leviticus 23:4 : Ex 23:14; Lev 23:2 Leviticus 23:5 : Ex 12:18, 19; Num 28:16-25; Deut 16:1; Josh 5:10 Leviticus 23:6 : Ex 12:14-20; 23:15; 34:18; Deut 16:3-8 Leviticus 23:7 : Lev 23:8, 21, 25, 35, 36 Leviticus 23:10 : Ex 23:19; 34:26 Leviticus 23:13 : Lev 6:20 Leviticus 23:14 : Ex 34:26; Num 15:20, 21 Leviticus 23:15 : Num 28:26-31; Deut 16:9-12 Leviticus 23:16 : Num 28:26 Leviticus 23:17 : Lev 2:12; 7:13 Leviticus 23:19 : Lev 4:23; Num 28:30 Leviticus 23:21 : Lev 23:2, 4 Leviticus 23:21 : Lev 23:7 Leviticus 23:22 : Lev 19:9, 10; Deut 24:19; Ruth 2:15


Second Reading: Lk. 12:13-34


Covetousness Denounced

 13Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."

 14But He said to him, "(A)Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?"

 15Then He said to them, "(B)Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."

 16And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive.

 17"And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

 18"Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

 19'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, (C)you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'

 20"But God said to him, '(D)You fool! This very night (E)your soul is required of you; and (F)now who will own what you have prepared?'

 21"So is the man who (G)stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

 22And He said to His disciples, "(H)For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.

 23"For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

 24"Consider the (I)ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor (J)barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!

 25"And which of you by worrying can add a single [a](K)hour to his [b]life's span?

 26"If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?

 27"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even (L)Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

 28"But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? (M)You men of little faith!

 29"And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not (N)keep worrying.

 30"For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.

 31"But seek His kingdom, and (O)these things will be added to you.

 32"(P)Do not be afraid, (Q)little flock, for (R)your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

 33"(S)Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, (T)an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.

 34"For (U)where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Footnotes:Luke 12:25 Lit cubit (approx 18 in.) Luke 12:25 Or height
Cross references:Luke 12:14 : Mic 6:8; Rom 2:1, 3; 9:20 Luke 12:15 : 1 Tim 6:6-10 Luke 12:19 : Eccl 11:9 Luke 12:20 : Jer 17:11; Luke 11:40 Luke 12:20 : Job 27:8 Luke 12:20 : Ps 39:6 Luke 12:21 : Luke 12:33 Luke 12:22 : Matt 6:25-33 Luke 12:24 : Job 38:41 Luke 12:24 : Luke 12:18 Luke 12:25 : Ps 39:5 Luke 12:27 : 1 Kin 10:4-7; 2 Chr 9:3-6 Luke 12:28 : Matt 6:30 Luke 12:29 : Matt 6:31 Luke 12:31 : Matt 6:33 Luke 12:32 : Matt 14:27 Luke 12:32 : John 21:15-17 Luke 12:32 : Eph 1:5, 9 Luke 12:33 : Matt 19:21; Luke 11:41; 18:22 Luke 12:33 : Matt 6:20; Luke 12:21 Luke 12:34 : Matt 6:21


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