Daily Readings

March 26, 2019

Daniel 3: 25, 34- 43

3:25Then Azariah, while standing, prayed in this manner, and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire, he said:
3:34Do not hand us over forever, we ask you, because of your name, and do not abolish your covenant.
3:35And do not withdraw your mercy from us, because of Abraham, your beloved, and Isaac, your servant, and Israel, your holy one.
3:36You have spoken with them, promising that you would multiply their offspring like the stars of heaven and like the sand on the seashore.
3:37For we, O Lord, are diminished more than all other peoples, and we are brought low throughout all the earth, this day, because of our sins.
3:38Neither is there, at this time, a leader, or a ruler, or a prophet, nor any holocaust, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place of first fruits, in your eyes,
3:39so that we may be able to find your mercy. Nevertheless, with a contrite soul and humble spirit, let us be accepted.
3:40Just as in the holocausts of rams and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs, so let our sacrifice be in your sight this day, in order to please you. For there is no shame for those who trust in you.
3:41And now we follow you wholeheartedly, and we fear you, and we seek your face.
3:42Do not put us to shame, but deal with us in agreement with your clemency and according to the multitude of your mercies.
3:43And rescue us by your wonders and give glory to your name, O Lord.

Matthew 18: 21- 35

18:21Then Peter, drawing near to him, said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Even seven times?”
18:22Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy times seven times.
18:23Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take account of his servants.
18:24And when he had begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
18:25But since he did not have any way to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children, and all that he had, in order to repay it.
18:26But that servant, falling prostrate, begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:27Then the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him, and he forgave his debt.
18:28But when that servant departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’
18:29And his fellow servant, falling prostrate, petitioned him, saying: ‘Have patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’
18:30But he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to prison, until he would repay the debt.
18:31Now his fellow servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and they went and reported to their lord all that was done.
18:32Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you all your debt, because you pleaded with me.
18:33Therefore, should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’
18:34And his lord, being angry, handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire debt.
18:35So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if each one of you will not forgive his brother from your hearts.”

March 25, 2019

Reading

Isaiah   7: 10-14, 8:10

7:10And the Lord spoke further to Ahaz, saying:
7:11Ask for a sign for yourself from the Lord your God, from the depths below, even to the heights above.
7:12And Ahaz said, “I will not ask, for I will not tempt the Lord.”
7:13And he said: “Then listen, O house of David. Is it such a small thing for you to trouble men, that you must also trouble my God?
7:14For this reason, the Lord himself will grant to you a sign. Behold, a virgin will conceive, and she will give birth to a son, and his name will be called Immanuel.
8:10Undertake a plan, and it will be dissipated! Speak a word, and it will not be done! For God is with us.

Second Reading

Hebrews   10: 4-10

10:4For it is impossible for sins to be taken away by the blood of oxen and goats.
10:5For this reason, as Christ enters into the world, he says: “Sacrifice and oblation, you did not want. But you have fashioned a body for me.
10:6Holocausts for sin were not pleasing to you.
10:7Then I said, ‘Behold, I draw near.’ At the head of the book, it has been written of me that I should do your will, O God.”
10:8In the above, by saying, “Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin, you did not want, nor are those things pleasing to you, which are offered according to the law;
10:9then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,’ ” he takes away the first, so that he may establish what follows.
10:10For by this will, we have been sanctified, through the one time oblation of the body of Jesus Christ.

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Luke    1: 26-38

1:26Then, in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
1:27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.
1:28And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”
1:29And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.
1:30And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.
1:31Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.
1:32He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.
1:33And his kingdom shall have no end.”
1:34Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”
1:35And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
1:36And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.
1:37For no word will be impossible with God.”
1:38Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.

March 24, 2019

Exodus 3: 1-8, 13- 15

3:1Now Moses was pasturing the sheep of his father-in-law Jethro, a priest of Midian. And when he had driven the flock into the interior of the desert, he came to the mountain of God, Horeb.
3:2And the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. And he saw that the bush was burning and was not burnt.
3:3Therefore, Moses said, “I will go and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”
3:4Then the Lord, discerning that he proceeded on to see it, called to him from the midst of the bush, and he said, “Moses, Moses.” And he responded, “Here I am.”
3:5And he said: “Lest you should approach here, remove the shoes from your feet. For the place on which you stand is holy ground.”
3:6And he said, “I am the God of your father: the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses hid his face, for he dared not look directly at God.
3:7And the Lord said to him: “I have seen the affliction of my people in Egypt, and I have heard their outcry because of the harshness of those who are over the works.
3:8And knowing their sorrow, I have descended in order to free them from the hands of the Egyptians, and to lead them from that land into a good and spacious land, into a land which flows with milk and honey, to the places of the Canaanite, and Hittite, and Amorite, and Perizzite, and Hivite, and Jebusite.
3:13Moses said to God: “Behold, I will go to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ If they say to me, ‘What is his name?’ What shall I say to them?”
3:14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO AM.” He said: “Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel: ‘HE WHO IS has sent me to you.’ ”
3:15And God said again to Moses: “Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is the name for me in eternity, and this is my memorial from generation to generation.

First Letter to Corinthians 10: 1- 6, 10- 12

10:1For I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and they all went across the sea.
10:2And in Moses, they all were baptized, in the cloud and in the sea.
10:3And they all ate of the same spiritual food.
10:4And they all drank of the same spiritual drink. And so, they all were drinking of the spiritual rock seeking to obtain them; and that rock was Christ.
10:5But with most of them, God was not well-pleased. For they were struck down in the desert.
10:6Now these things were done as an example for us, so that we might not desire evil things, just as they desired.
10:10And you should not murmur, as some of them murmured, and so they perished by the destroyer.
10:11Now all of these things happened to them as an example, and so they have been written for our correction, because the final age has fallen upon us.
10:12And so, whosoever considers himself to be standing, let him be careful not to fall.

Luke 13: 1- 9

13:1And there were present, at that very time, some who were reporting about the Galileans, whose blood Pilate mixed with their sacrifices.
13:2And responding, he said to them: “Do you think that these Galileans must have sinned more than all other Galileans, because they suffered so much?
13:3No, I tell you. But unless you repent, you will all perish similarly.
13:4And those eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they also were greater transgressors than all the men living in Jerusalem?
13:5No, I tell you. But if you do not repent, you will all perish similarly.”
13:6And he also told this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree, which was planted in his vineyard. And he came seeking fruit on it, but found none.
13:7Then he said to the cultivator of the vineyard: ‘Behold, for these three years I came seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I have found none. Therefore, cut it down. For why should it even occupy the land?’
13:8But in response, he said to him: ‘Lord, let it be for this year also, during which time I will dig around it and add fertilizer.
13:9And, indeed, it should bear fruit. But if not, in the future, you shall cut it down.’ ”

March 23, 2019

Micah 7: 14- 15, 18- 20

7:14With your rod, pasture your people, the flock of your inheritance, living alone in the narrow forest, in the midst of Carmel. They will graze in Bashan and Gilead, as in the ancient days.
7:15As in the days of your departure from the land of Egypt, I will reveal miracles to him.
7:18What God is like you, who takes away iniquity and passes over the sin of the remnant of your inheritance? No longer will he send forth his fury, because he is willing to be merciful.
7:19He will turn back and have mercy on us. He will put away our iniquities, and he will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
7:20You will give the truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which you swore to our fathers from the ancient days.

Luke 15: 1- 3, 11- 32

15:1Now tax collectors and sinners were drawing near to him, so that they might listen to him.
15:2And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This one accepts sinners and eats with them.”
15:3And he told this parable to them, saying:
15:11And he said: “A certain man had two sons.
15:12And the younger of them said to the father, ‘Father, give me the portion of your estate which would go to me.’ And he divided the estate between them.
15:13And after not many days, the younger son, gathering it all together, set out on a long journey to a distant region. And there, he dissipated his substance, living in luxury.
15:14And after he had consumed it all, a great famine occurred in that region, and he began to be in need.
15:15And he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that region. And he sent him to his farm, in order to feed the swine.
15:16And he wanted to fill his belly with the scraps that the swine ate. But no one would give it to him.
15:17And returning to his senses, he said: ‘How many hired hands in my father’s house have abundant bread, while I perish here in famine!
15:18I shall rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.
15:19I am not worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired hands.’
15:20And rising up, he went to his father. But while he was still at a distance, his father saw him, and he was moved with compassion, and running to him, he fell upon his neck and kissed him.
15:21And the son said to him: ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. Now I am not worthy to be called your son.’
15:22But the father said to his servants: ‘Quickly! Bring out the best robe, and clothe him with it. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.
15:23And bring the fatted calf here, and kill it. And let us eat and hold a feast.
15:24For this son of mine was dead, and has revived; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to feast.
15:25But his elder son was in the field. And when he returned and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
15:26And he called one of the servants, and he questioned him as to what these things meant.
15:27And he said to him: ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safely.’
15:28Then he became indignant, and he was unwilling to enter. Therefore, his father, going out, began to plead with him.
15:29And in response, he said to his father: ‘Behold, I have been serving you for so many years. And I have never transgressed your commandment. And yet, you have never given me even a young goat, so that I might feast with my friends.
15:30Yet after this son of yours returned, who has devoured his substance with loose women, you have killed the fatted calf for him.’
15:31But he said to him: ‘Son, you are with me always, and all that I have is yours.
15:32But it was necessary to feast and to rejoice. For this brother of yours was dead, and has revived; he was lost, and is found.’ ”

March 22, 2019

Genesis 37: 3-4, 12- 13, 17- 28

37:3Now Israel loved Joseph above all his sons, because he had conceived him in his old age. And he made him a tunic, woven of many colors.
37:4Then his brothers, seeing that he was loved by his father more than all his other sons, hated him, and they were not able to say anything peacefully to him.
37:12And while his brothers were lodging at Shechem, pasturing their father’s flocks,
37:13Israel said to him: “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Come, I will send you to them.” And when he answered,
37:17And the man said to him: “They have withdrawn from this place. But I heard them saying, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” Therefore, Joseph continued on after his brothers, and he found them at Dothan.
37:18And, when they had seen him from afar, before he approached them, they decided to kill him.
37:19And they said one to another: “Behold, the dreamer approaches.
37:20Come, let us kill him and cast him into the old cistern. And let us say: ‘an evil wild beast has devoured him.’ And then it will become apparent what his dreams will do for him.”
37:21But Reuben, on hearing this, strove to free him from their hands, and he said:
37:22“Do not take away his life, nor shed blood. But throw him into this cistern, which is in the wilderness, and so keep your hands harmless.” But he said this, wanting to rescue him from their hands, so as to return him to his father.
37:23And so, as soon as he came to his brothers, they very quickly stripped him of his tunic, which was ankle-length and woven of many colors,
37:24and they cast him into an old cistern, which held no water.
37:25And sitting down to eat bread, they saw some Ishmaelites, travelers coming from Gilead, with their camels, carrying spices, and resin, and oil of myrrh into Egypt.
37:26Therefore, Judah said to his brothers: “What will it profit us, if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?
37:27It is better that he be sold to the Ishmaelites, and then our hands will not be defiled. For he is our brother and our flesh.” His brothers agreed to his words.
37:28And when the Midianite merchants were passing by, they drew him from the cistern, and they sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. And these led him into Egypt.

Matthew 21: 33- 43, 45- 46

21:33Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out to sojourn abroad.
21:34Then, when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits.
21:35And the farmers apprehended his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned yet another.
21:36Again, he sent other servants, more than
before; and they treated them similarly.
21:37Then, at the very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere my son.’
21:38But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then we will have his inheritance.’
21:39And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard, and they killed him.
21:40Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?”
21:41They said to him, “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.”
21:42Jesus said to them: “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’
21:43Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people who shall produce its fruits.
21:45And when the leaders of the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.
21:46And though they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.


March 21, 2019

Jeremiah 17: 5- 10

17:5Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is a man who trusts in man, and who establishes what is flesh as his right arm, and whose heart withdraws from the Lord.
17:6For he will be like a saltcedar tree in the desert. And he will not perceive it, when what is good has arrived. Instead, he will live in dryness, in a desert, in a land of salt, which is uninhabitable.
17:7Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, for the Lord will be his confidence.
17:8And he will be like a tree planted beside waters, which sends out its roots to moist soil. And it will not fear when the heat arrives. And its leaves will be green. And in the time of drought, it will not be anxious, nor will it cease at any time to bear fruit.
17:9The heart is depraved above all things, and it is unsearchable, who can know it?
17:10I am the Lord, who examines the heart and tests the temperament, who gives to each one according to his way and according to the fruit of his own decisions.

Luke 16: 19- 31

16:19A certain man was wealthy, and he was clothed in purple and in fine linen. And he feasted splendidly every day.
16:20And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores,
16:21wanting to be filled with the crumbs which were falling from the wealthy man’s table. But no one gave it to him. And even the dogs came and licked his sores.
16:22Then it happened that the beggar died, and he was carried by the Angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the wealthy man also died, and he was entombed in Hell.
16:23Then lifting up his eyes, while he was in torments, he saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.
16:24And crying out, he said: ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue. For I am tortured in this fire.’
16:25And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, recall that you received good things in your life, and in comparison, Lazarus received bad things. But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented.
16:26And besides all this, between us and you a great chaos has been established, so that those who might want to cross from here to you are not able, nor can someone cross from there to here.’
16:27And he said: ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers,
16:28so that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’
16:29And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’
16:30So he said: ‘No, father Abraham. But if someone were to go to them from the dead, they would repent.’
16:31But he said to him: ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe even if someone has resurrected from the dead.’ ”

March 20, 2019

Jeremiah 18: 18- 20

18:18And they said: “Come, and let us devise a plan against Jeremiah. For the law will not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor a sermon from the prophet. Come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us pay no attention to any of his words.”
18:19Attend to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries.
18:20Should evil be rendered for good? For they have dug a pit for my soul! Remember that I have stood in your sight, so as to speak on their behalf for good, and to avert your indignation from them.

Matthew 20: 17- 28

20:17And Jesus, ascending to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside in private and said to them:
20:18“Behold, we are ascending to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be handed over to the leaders of the priests and to the scribes. And they shall condemn him to death.
20:19And they shall hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified. And on the third day, he shall rise again.”
20:20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him, with her sons, adoring him, and petitioning something from him.
20:21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand, and the other at your left, in your kingdom.”
20:22But Jesus, responding, said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice, from which I will drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”
20:23He said to them: “From my chalice, indeed, you shall drink. But to sit at my right or my left is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
20:24And the ten, upon hearing this, became indignant with the two brothers.
20:25But Jesus called them to himself and said: “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers, and that those who are greater exercise power among them.
20:26It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will want to be greater among you, let him be your minister.
20:27And whoever will want to be first among you, he shall be your servant,
20:28even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.”

March 19, 2019

Second Samuel 7: 4- 5, 12- 14, 16

7:4But it happened in that night, behold, the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
7:5“Go, and say to my servant David: ‘Thus says the Lord: Should you build a house for me as a dwelling place?
7:12And when your days will have been fulfilled, and you will sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who will go forth from your loins, and I will make firm his kingdom.
7:13He himself shall build a house to my name. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom, even forever.
7:14I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. And if he will commit any iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and with the wounds of the sons of men.
7:16And your house shall be faithful, and your kingdom shall be before your face, for eternity, and your throne shall be secure continuously.’ ”

Romans 4: 13, 16- 18, 22

4:13For the Promise to Abraham, and to his posterity, that he would inherit the world, was not through the law, but through the justice of faith.
4:16Because of this, it is from faith according to grace that the Promise is ensured for all posterity, not only for those who are of the law, but also for those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all before God,
4:17in whom he believed, who revives the dead and who calls those things that do not exist into existence. For it is written: “I have established you as the father of many nations.”
4:18And he believed, with a hope beyond hope, so that he might become the father of many nations, according to what was said to him: “Thus shall your posterity shall be.”
4:22And for this reason, it was reputed to him unto justice.

Matthew 1: 16, 18- 21, 24

1:16And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
1:18Now the procreation of the Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.
1:19Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not willing to hand her over, preferred to send her away secretly.
1:20But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit.
1:21And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation of his people from their sins.”
1:24Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his wife.

March 18, 2019

Daniel 9: 4- 10

9:1In the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, of the offspring of the Medes, who ruled over the kingdom of the Chaldeans,
9:2in year one of his reign, I, Daniel, understood in the books the number of the years, concerning the word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah, the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would be completed in seventy years.
9:3And I set my face to the Lord, my God, to ask and make supplication with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
9:4And I prayed to the Lord, my God, and I confessed, and I said, “I beg you, O Lord God, great and terrible, preserving the covenant and mercy for those who love you and keep your commandments.
9:5We have sinned, we have committed iniquity, we acted impiously and have withdrawn, and we have turned aside from your commandments as well as your judgments.
9:6We have not obeyed your servants, the prophets, who have spoken in your name to our kings, our leaders, our fathers, and all the people of the land.
9:7To you, O Lord, is justice, but to us is confusion of face, just as it is on this day for the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and all Israel, for those who are near and those who are far off, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of their iniquities by which they have sinned against you.
9:8O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face: to our kings, our leaders, and our fathers, who have sinned.
9:9But to you, the Lord our God, is mercy and atonement, for we have withdrawn from you,
9:10and we have not listened to the voice of the Lord, our God, so as to walk in his law, which he established for us by his servants, the prophets.

Luke 6: 36- 38

6:36Therefore, be merciful, just as your Father is also merciful.
6:37Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
6:38Give, and it will be given to you: a good measure, pressed down and shaken together and overflowing, they will place upon your lap. Certainly, the same measure that you use to measure out, will be used to measure back to you again.”


March 17, 2019

Genesis 15: 5- 12, 17- 18

15:5And he brought him outside, and he said to him, “Take in the heavens, and number the stars, if you can.” And he said to him, “So also will your offspring be.”
15:6Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
15:7And he said to him, “I am the Lord who led you away from Ur of the Chaldeans, so as to give you this land, and so that you would possess it.”
15:8But he said, “Lord God, in what way may I be able to know that I will possess it?”
15:9And the Lord responded by saying: “Take for me a cow of three years, and a she-goat of three years, and a ram of three years, also a turtle-dove and a pigeon.”
15:10Taking all these, he divided them through the middle, and placed both parts opposite one another. But the birds he did not divide.
15:11And birds descended upon the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
15:12And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a dread, great and dark, invaded him.
15:17Then, when the sun had set, there came a dark mist, and there appeared a smoking furnace and a lamp of fire passing between those divisions.
15:18On that day, God formed a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your offspring I will give this land, from the river of Egypt, even to the great river Euphrates

Philippians 3: 17- 4: 1

3:17Be imitators of me, brothers, and observe those who are walking similarly, just as you have seen by our example.
3:18For many persons, about whom I have often told you (and now tell you, weeping,) are walking as enemies of the cross of Christ.
3:19Their end is destruction; their god is their belly; and their glory is in their shame: for they are immersed in earthly things.
3:20But our way of life is in heaven. And from heaven, too, we await the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ,
3:21who will transform the body of our lowliness, according to the form of the body of his glory, by means of that power by which he is even able to subject all things to himself.
4:1And so, my most beloved and most desired brothers, my joy and my crown: stand firm in this way, in the Lord, most beloved.

Luke 9: 28- 36

9:28And it happened that, about eight days after these words, he took Peter and James and John, and he ascended onto a mountain, so that he might pray.
9:29And while he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his vestment became white and shining.
9:30And behold, two men were talking with him. And these were Moses and Elijah, appearing in majesty.
9:31And they spoke of his departure, which he would accomplish at Jerusalem.
9:32Yet truly, Peter and those who were with him were weighed down by sleep. And becoming alert, they saw his majesty and the two men who were standing with him.
9:33And it happened that, as these were departing from him, Peter said to Jesus: “Teacher, it is good for us to be here. And so, let us make three tabernacles: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what he was saying.
9:34Then, as he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them. And as these were entering into the cloud, they were afraid.
9:35And a voice came from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved son. Listen to him.”
9:36And while the voice was being uttered, Jesus was found to be alone. And they were silent and told no one, in those days, any of these things, which they had seen.