June 22nd, 2019

Saturday of Trinity Sunday


First Reading: Prov. 25:1-22

More Proverbs of Solomon

 1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
       to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
       so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

 4 Remove the dross from the silver,
       and out comes material for [a] the silversmith;

 5 remove the wicked from the king's presence,
       and his throne will be established through righteousness.

 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence,
       and do not claim a place among great men;

 7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"
       than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.
       What you have seen with your eyes

 8 do not bring [b] hastily to court,
       for what will you do in the end
       if your neighbor puts you to shame?

 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor,
       do not betray another man's confidence,

 10 or he who hears it may shame you
       and you will never lose your bad reputation.

 11 A word aptly spoken
       is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
       is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

 13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
       is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
       he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

 14 Like clouds and wind without rain
       is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.

 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
       and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

 16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
       too much of it, and you will vomit.

 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house—
       too much of you, and he will hate you.

 18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
       is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.

 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot
       is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
       or like vinegar poured on soda,
       is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
       if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
       and the LORD will reward you.

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Second Reading: John 19:23-42

 23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

 24"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."
      This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,
   "They divided my garments among them
      and cast lots for my clothing."[a] So this is what the soldiers did.

 25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus
 28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"[b] 37and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."[c]

The Burial of Jesus
 38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[d] 40Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

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