June 13th, 2019

Thursday of Whitsunday (Feast of Pentecost)

First Reading: Num. 24:1-25

 1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness. 2 And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him. 3 Then he took up his oracle and said:
      “The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
      The utterance of the man whose eyes are opened,

 4 The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
      Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
      Who falls down, with eyes wide open:

 5 “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob!
      Your dwellings, O Israel!

 6 Like valleys that stretch out,
      Like gardens by the riverside,
      Like aloes planted by the LORD,
      Like cedars beside the waters.

 7 He shall pour water from his buckets,
      And his seed shall be in many waters.
      “His king shall be higher than Agag,
      And his kingdom shall be exalted.

 8 “God brings him out of Egypt;
      He has strength like a wild ox;
      He shall consume the nations, his enemies;
      He shall break their bones
      And pierce them with his arrows.

 9 ‘He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
      And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’[a]
      “ Blessed is he who blesses you,
      And cursed is he who curses you.” 10 Then Balak’s anger was aroused against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have bountifully blessed them these three times! 11 Now therefore, flee to your place. I said I would greatly honor you, but in fact, the LORD has kept you back from honor.” 12 So Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also speak to your messengers whom you sent to me, saying, 13 ‘If Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the LORD, to do good or bad of my own will. What the LORD says, that I must speak’? 14 And now, indeed, I am going to my people. Come, I will advise you what this people will do to your people in the latter days.”

Balaam’s Fourth Prophecy
    15 So he took up his oracle and said:
      “The utterance of Balaam the son of Beor,
      And the utterance of the man whose eyes are opened;

 16 The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
      And has the knowledge of the Most High,
      Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
      Who falls down, with eyes wide open:

 17 “I see Him, but not now;
      I behold Him, but not near;
      A Star shall come out of Jacob;
      A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
      And batter the brow of Moab,
      And destroy all the sons of tumult.[b]

 18 “And Edom shall be a possession;
      Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession,
      While Israel does valiantly.

 19 Out of Jacob One shall have dominion,
      And destroy the remains of the city.” 20 Then he looked on Amalek, and he took up his oracle and said:
      “ Amalek was first among the nations,
      But shall be last until he perishes.” 21 Then he looked on the Kenites, and he took up his oracle and said:
      “Firm is your dwelling place,
      And your nest is set in the rock;

 22 Nevertheless Kain shall be burned.
      How long until Asshur carries you away captive?” 23 Then he took up his oracle and said:
      “Alas! Who shall live when God does this?

 24 But ships shall come from the coasts of Cyprus,[c]
      And they shall afflict Asshur and afflict Eber,
      And so shall Amalek,[d] until he perishes.” 25 So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place; Balak also went his way.

Footnotes:Numbers 24:9 Genesis 49:9 Numbers 24:17 Hebrew Sheth (compare Jeremiah 48:45) Numbers 24:24 Hebrew Kittim Numbers 24:24 Literally he or that one

Second Reading: Lk. 23:1-25

Jesus Handed Over to Pontius Pilate
 1 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the[a] nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.” 3 Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” 4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” 5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”
Jesus Faces Herod
    6 When Pilate heard of Galilee,[b] he asked if the Man were a Galilean. 7 And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8 Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. 9 Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.
Taking the Place of Barabbas
    13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).[d] 18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. 20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” 22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” 23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.[e] 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them[f] the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Footnotes:Luke 23:2 NU-Text reads our. Luke 23:6 NU-Text omits of Galilee. Luke 23:15 NU-Text reads for he sent Him back to us. Luke 23:17 NU-Text omits verse 17. Luke 23:23 NU-Text omits and of the chief priests. Luke 23:25 NU-Text and M-Text omit to them.


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