June 6th, 2018

Wednesday of Trinity 1


First Reading: Prov. 3:5-24


5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
       6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct[a] your paths.
       7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the LORD and depart from evil.
       8 It will be health to your flesh,[b]
      And strength[c] to your bones.
       9 Honor the LORD with your possessions,
      And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
       10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
      And your vats will overflow with new wine.
       11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
      Nor detest His correction;
       12 For whom the LORD loves He corrects,
      Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
       13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom,
      And the man who gains understanding;
       14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
      And her gain than fine gold.
       15 She is more precious than rubies,
      And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
       16 Length of days is in her right hand,
      In her left hand riches and honor.
       17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
      And all her paths are peace.
       18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
      And happy are all who retain her.
       19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
      By understanding He established the heavens;
       20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
      And clouds drop down the dew.
       21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
      Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
       22 So they will be life to your soul
      And grace to your neck.
       23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
      And your foot will not stumble.
       24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
      Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
      

Footnotes:Proverbs 3:6 Or make smooth or straight Proverbs 3:8 Literally navel, figurative of the body Proverbs 3:8 Literally drink or refreshment


Second Reading: John 11:38-57


Lazarus Raised from the Dead

    38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[a] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

    45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” 49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us[b] that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples. 55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?” 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

Footnotes:John 11:41 NU-Text omits from the place where the dead man was lying. John 11:50 NU-Text reads you.


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