February 10th, 2018

Silas, Fellow worker of St. Peter and St. Paul


First Reading: Job 6:14-30


 14 “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend,
      Even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.

 15 My brothers have dealt deceitfully like a brook,
      Like the streams of the brooks that pass away,

 16 Which are dark because of the ice,
      And into which the snow vanishes.

 17 When it is warm, they cease to flow;
      When it is hot, they vanish from their place.

 18 The paths of their way turn aside,
      They go nowhere and perish.

 19 The caravans of Tema look,
      The travelers of Sheba hope for them.

 20 They are disappointed because they were confident;
      They come there and are confused.

 21 For now you are nothing,
      You see terror and are afraid.

 22 Did I ever say, ‘Bring something to me’?
      Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth’?

 23 Or, ‘Deliver me from the enemy’s hand’?
      Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of oppressors’?

 24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue;
      Cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

 25 How forceful are right words!
      But what does your arguing prove?

 26 Do you intend to rebuke my words,
      And the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?

 27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless,
      And you undermine your friend.

 28 Now therefore, be pleased to look at me;
      For I would never lie to your face.

 29 Yield now, let there be no injustice!
      Yes, concede, my righteousness still stands!

 30 Is there injustice on my tongue?
      Cannot my taste discern the unsavory?



Second Reading: John 3:22-4:6


John the Baptist Exalts Christ

    22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. 24 For John had not yet been thrown into prison. 25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah

 1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.



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