February 12th, 2018

Monday of Quinquagesima


First Reading: Job 8:1-22


Bildad: Job Should Repent

 1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

 2 “How long will you speak these things,
      And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

 3 Does God subvert judgment?
      Or does the Almighty pervert justice?

 4 If your sons have sinned against Him,
      He has cast them away for their transgression.

 5 If you would earnestly seek God
      And make your supplication to the Almighty,

 6 If you were pure and upright,
      Surely now He would awake for you,
      And prosper your rightful dwelling place.

 7 Though your beginning was small,
      Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.

 8 “For inquire, please, of the former age,
      And consider the things discovered by their fathers;

 9 For we were born yesterday, and know nothing,
      Because our days on earth are a shadow.

 10 Will they not teach you and tell you,
      And utter words from their heart?

 11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
      Can the reeds flourish without water?

 12 While it is yet green and not cut down,
      It withers before any other plant.

 13 So are the paths of all who forget God;
      And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,

 14 Whose confidence shall be cut off,
      And whose trust is a spider’s web.

 15 He leans on his house, but it does not stand.
      He holds it fast, but it does not endure.

 16 He grows green in the sun,
      And his branches spread out in his garden.

 17 His roots wrap around the rock heap,
      And look for a place in the stones.

 18 If he is destroyed from his place,
      Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’

 19 “ Behold, this is the joy of His way,
      And out of the earth others will grow.

 20 Behold, God will not cast away the blameless,
      Nor will He uphold the evildoers.

 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,
      And your lips with rejoicing.

 22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
      And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.”[a]

Footnotes:Job 8:22 Literally will not be


Second Reading: John 4:27-45


The Whitened Harvest

    27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” 28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. 31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

The Savior of the World

    39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of His own word. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ,[a] the Savior of the world.”

Welcome at Galilee

    43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee. 44 For Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; for they also had gone to the feast.

Footnotes:John 4:42 NU-Text omits the Christ.


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