February 7th, 2018

Wednesday of Sexagesima


First Reading: Job 4:1-21


Eliphaz: Job Has Sinned

 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

 2 “If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary?
      But who can withhold himself from speaking?

 3 Surely you have instructed many,
      And you have strengthened weak hands.

 4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
      And you have strengthened the feeble knees;

 5 But now it comes upon you, and you are weary;
      It touches you, and you are troubled.

 6 Is not your reverence your confidence?
      And the integrity of your ways your hope?

 7 “ Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?
      Or where were the upright ever cut off?

 8 Even as I have seen,
      Those who plow iniquity
      And sow trouble reap the same.

 9 By the blast of God they perish,
      And by the breath of His anger they are consumed.

 10 The roaring of the lion,
      The voice of the fierce lion,
      And the teeth of the young lions are broken.

 11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey,
      And the cubs of the lioness are scattered.

 12 “Now a word was secretly brought to me,
      And my ear received a whisper of it.

 13 In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night,
      When deep sleep falls on men,

 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling,
      Which made all my bones shake.

 15 Then a spirit passed before my face;
      The hair on my body stood up.

 16 It stood still,
      But I could not discern its appearance.
      A form was before my eyes;
      There was silence;
      Then I heard a voice saying:

 17 ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God?
      Can a man be more pure than his Maker?

 18 If He puts no trust in His servants,
      If He charges His angels with error,

 19 How much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
      Whose foundation is in the dust,
      Who are crushed before a moth?

 20 They are broken in pieces from morning till evening;
      They perish forever, with no one regarding.

 21 Does not their own excellence go away?
      They die, even without wisdom.’



Second Reading: John 2:1-12


Water Turned to Wine

 1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. 12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.



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