June 20th, 2019

Thursday of Trinity Sunday

First Reading: Prov. 22:22-23:12

 22(A) Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
   or(B) crush the afflicted at(C) the gate, 23for(D) the LORD will plead their cause
   and rob of life those who rob them. 24Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
   nor go with a wrathful man, 25lest you learn his ways
   and entangle yourself in a snare. 26Be not one of those who(E) give pledges,
   who put up security for debts. 27If you have nothing with which to pay,
   why should(F) your bed be taken from under you? 28Do not move the ancient(G) landmark
   that your fathers have set. 29Do you see a man skillful in his work?
   He will(H) stand before kings;
   he will not stand before obscure men.

 1When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
   observe carefully what[a] is before you, 2and put a knife to your throat
   if you are given to appetite. 3(I) Do not desire his delicacies,
   for they are deceptive food. 4(J) Do not toil to acquire wealth;
   (K) be discerning enough to desist. 5When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
   (L) for suddenly it sprouts wings,
   flying like an eagle toward heaven. 6(M) Do not eat the bread of a man who is(N) stingy;[b]
   (O) do not desire his delicacies, 7for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.[c]
   "Eat and drink!" he says to you,
   but his(P) heart is not with you. 8You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
   and waste your pleasant words. 9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
   for he will despise the good sense of your words. 10(Q) Do not move an ancient landmark
   or enter the fields of the fatherless, 11for their(R) Redeemer is strong;
   he will(S) plead their cause against you. 12Apply your heart to instruction
   and your ear to words of knowledge.

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Second Reading: John 18:15-40

Peter Denies Jesus

 15(A) Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16(B) but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17(C) The servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not." 18Now the servants[a] and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves.(D) Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

 19(E) The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20Jesus answered him, "I have spoken(F) openly(G) to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together.(H) I have said nothing in secret. 21Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said." 22When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying,(I) "Is that how you answer the high priest?" 23Jesus answered him, "If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?" 24(J) Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus Again

 25(K) Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, "You also are not one of his disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not." 26One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of(L) the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Did I not see you(M) in the garden with him?" 27Peter again denied it, and(N) at once a rooster crowed.

Jesus Before Pilate

 28(O) Then they led Jesus(P) from the house of Caiaphas to(Q) the governor’s headquarters.[b] It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters,(R) so that they would not be defiled,(S) but could eat the Passover. 29(T) So Pilate went outside to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?" 30They answered him, "If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you." 31Pilate said to them,(U) "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." The Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death." 32(V) This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken(W) to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

My Kingdom Is Not of This World

 33(X) So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him,(Y) "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?" 35Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?" 36Jesus answered, (Z) "My kingdom(AA) is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world,(AB) my servants would have been fighting, that(AC) I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world." 37Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, (AD) "You say that I am a king.(AE) For this purpose I was born and for this purpose(AF) I have come into the world—(AG) to bear witness to the truth.(AH) Everyone who is(AI) of the truth(AJ) listens to my voice." 38Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"


   After he had said this,(AK) he went back outside to the Jews and told them,(AL) "I find no guilt in him. 39(AM) But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover. So do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?" 40They cried out again,(AN) "Not this man, but Barabbas!" Now Barabbas was a robber.[c]

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