June 6th, 2019

Thursday of Exaudi (Sunday after the Ascension)


First Reading: Num. 16:41-17:13

 41But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

 42And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.

 43And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

 44And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 45Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

 46And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.

 47And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.

 48And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

 49Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

 50And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod.

 3And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

 4And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you.

 5And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.

 6And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.

 7And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.

 8And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

 9And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.

 10And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

 11And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.

 12And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.

 13Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?


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Second Reading: Lk. 20:1-18

 1And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,

 2And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

 3And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:

 4The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?

 5And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?

 6But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

 7And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.

 8And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

 9Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

 10And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

 11And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

 12And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

 13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

 14But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

 15So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

 16He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

 17And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?

 18Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.


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