May 25th, 2019

Bede the Venerable, Theologian


First Reading: Lev. 26:21-33; Lev. 26:39-44


 21And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

 22I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your high ways shall be desolate.

 23And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me;

 24Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

 25And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

 26And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

 27And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

 28Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

 29And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

 30And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.

 31And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.

 32And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.

 33And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.





 39And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

 40If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

 41And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

 42Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.

 43The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.

 44And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God.



Second Reading: Lk. 14:1-24


 1And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

 2And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

 3And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

 4And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

 5And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

 6And they could not answer him again to these things.

 7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.

 8When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him;

 9And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.

 10But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

 11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 12Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

 13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

 14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

 15And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

 16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

 17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 18And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

 21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

 22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

 23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

 24For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.



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