June 21st, 2019

Friday of Trinity Sunday

First Reading: Prov. 24:1-22

 1 Do not envy wicked men,
       do not desire their company;

 2 for their hearts plot violence,
       and their lips talk about making trouble.

 3 By wisdom a house is built,
       and through understanding it is established;

 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
       with rare and beautiful treasures.

 5 A wise man has great power,
       and a man of knowledge increases strength;

 6 for waging war you need guidance,
       and for victory many advisers.

 7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
       in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

 8 He who plots evil
       will be known as a schemer.

 9 The schemes of folly are sin,
       and men detest a mocker.

 10 If you falter in times of trouble,
       how small is your strength!

 11 Rescue those being led away to death;
       hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

 12 If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,"
       does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
       Does not he who guards your life know it?
       Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
       honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

 14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
       if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
       and your hope will not be cut off.

 15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house,
       do not raid his dwelling place;

 16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
       but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

 17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
       when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,

 18 or the LORD will see and disapprove
       and turn his wrath away from him.

 19 Do not fret because of evil men
       or be envious of the wicked,

 20 for the evil man has no future hope,
       and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

 21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son,
       and do not join with the rebellious,

 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them,
       and who knows what calamities they can bring?
       Further Sayings of the Wise

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Second Reading: John 19:1-22

Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified

 1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

 4Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." 5When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

 6As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"
      But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."

 7The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."

 8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

 11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

 12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

 13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
      "Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.

 15But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!"
      "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.
      "We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.

 16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

    So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

 19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

 22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

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