The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Solemn Evensong, February 12, 2017, by the Rector

Jacob’s mother’s brother, that is, Jacob’s Uncle Laban, sells his daughter to Jacob for seven years’ labor. When the day of the wedding comes, there is a great celebration. In the morning Jacob discovers he has been tricked—alcohol?—into sleeping and being intimate, not with the first cousin for whose marriage he had labored, but with the elder sister, Leah. Seven more years of labor follow for the younger sister. Jacob now has two wives. The one who is hated bears children; the one who is loved does not—at least not at the beginning of the stories of what will be Jacob’s four wives. Leah had four sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah. Read more