9 Jul 2007
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, â€œI am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.â€
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, â€œSurely the Lord is in this placeâ€”and I did not know it!â€ And he was afraid, and said, â€œHow awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.â€ So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel; but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, â€œIf God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my fatherâ€™s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be Godâ€™s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one tenth to you.â€
While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, â€œMy daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.â€ And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, â€œIf I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.â€ Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, â€œTake heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.â€ And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leaderâ€™s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, â€œGo away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.â€ And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.