June 8th, 2019

Saturday of Exaudi (Sunday after the Ascension)


First Reading: Num. 20:22-21:9

The Death of Aaron

 22And they journeyed from(A) Kadesh, and the people of Israel, the whole congregation, came to(B) Mount Hor. 23And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom, 24(C) "Let Aaron be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land that I have given to the people of Israel, because(D) you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25Take Aaron and Eleazar his son and bring them up to Mount Hor. 26And strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron(E) shall be gathered to his people and shall die there." 27Moses did as the LORD commanded. And they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28(F) And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died there(G) on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29And when all the congregation saw that Aaron had perished,(H) all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.

Arad Destroyed

 1When(I) the Canaanite, the king of Arad, who lived in(J) the Negeb, heard that Israel was coming by the way of Atharim, he fought against Israel, and took some of them captive. 2(K) And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD and said, "If you will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction."[a] 3And the LORD heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called(L) Hormah.[b]

The Bronze Serpent

 4From Mount Hor(M) they set out by the way to the Red Sea,(N) to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5And the people(O) spoke against God and against Moses,(P) "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and(Q) we loathe this worthless food." 6(R) Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and(S) they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7(T) And the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you.(U) Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live." 9So(V) Moses made a bronze[c] serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

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Second Reading: Lk. 20:45-21:19

Beware of the Scribes

 45(A) And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46"Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and(B) the places of honor at feasts, 47(C) who devour widows’ houses and(D) for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."

The Widow’s Offering

 1(E) Jesus[a] looked up and saw the rich(F) putting their gifts into(G) the offering box, 2and he saw a poor widow put in two(H) small copper coins.[b] 3And he said, "Truly, I tell you,(I) this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her(J) poverty put in all(K) she had to live on."

Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple

 5(L) And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6"As for these things that you see,(M) the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." 7And they asked him, "Teacher,(N) when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?" 8And he said, (O) "See that you are not led astray. For(P) many will come in my name, saying,(Q) 'I am he!' and,(R) 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. 9And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be(S) terrified, for these things(T) must first take place, but the end will not be at once."

Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution

 10Then he said to them, (U) "Nation will rise against nation, and(V) kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great(W) earthquakes, and in various places(X) famines and pestilences. And there will be(Y) terrors and great(Z) signs from heaven. 12But before all this(AA) they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to(AB) the synagogues and(AC) prisons, and you(AD) will be brought before(AE) kings and(AF) governors for my name’s sake. 13(AG) This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14Settle it therefore in your minds(AH) not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15for(AI) I will give you a mouth and(AJ) wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or(AK) contradict. 16You will be delivered up(AL) even by parents and brothers[c] and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17(AM) You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18But(AN) not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your(AO) endurance you will gain your lives.

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