June 6th, 2019

Thursday of Exaudi (Sunday after the Ascension)


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

Murmuring and Plague

 41But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel (A)grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have caused the death of the LORD'S people."

 42It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and (B)the glory of the LORD appeared.

 43Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,

 44and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 45"(C)Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Then they fell on their faces.

 46Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and (D)make atonement for them, for (E)wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!"

 47Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. (F)So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.

 48He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.

 49(G)But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who (H)died on account of Korah.

 50Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.

Aaron's Rod Buds

 1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2"Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod,

 3and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.

 4"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of (I)the testimony, where I meet with you.

 5"It will come about that the rod of (J)the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you."

 6Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers' households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods.

 7So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in (K)the tent of the testimony.

 8Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, (L)the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.

 9Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.

 10But the LORD said to Moses, "Put back the rod of Aaron (M)before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the (N)rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die."

 11Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

 12Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "(O)Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!

 13"(P)Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?"

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Second Reading: Lk. 20:1-18

Jesus' Authority Questioned
 1(A)On one of the days while (B)He was teaching the people in the temple and (C)preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders (D)confronted Him,

 2and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?"

 3Jesus answered and said to them, "I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me:

 4"Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"

 5They reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why did you not believe him?'

 6"But if we say, 'From men,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a (E)prophet."

 7So they answered that they did not know where it came from.

 8And Jesus said to them, "Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things."

Parable of the Vine-growers
 9(F)And He began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.

 10"At the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.

 11"And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.

 12"And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.

 13"The owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will (G)respect him.'

 14"But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.'

 15"So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to them?

 16"He will come and (H)destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others " When they heard it, they said, "(I)May it never be!"

 17But Jesus looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written:
         '(J)THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
         THIS BECAME (K)THE CHIEF CORNER stone'?

 18"(L)Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust."

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