February 6th, 2019

Wednesday of Epiphany 4

First Reading: Job 3:11-26

 11 "Why did I not perish at birth,
       and die as I came from the womb?

 12 Why were there knees to receive me
       and breasts that I might be nursed?

 13 For now I would be lying down in peace;
       I would be asleep and at rest

 14 with kings and counselors of the earth,
       who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,

 15 with rulers who had gold,
       who filled their houses with silver.

 16 Or why was I not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child,
       like an infant who never saw the light of day?

 17 There the wicked cease from turmoil,
       and there the weary are at rest.

 18 Captives also enjoy their ease;
       they no longer hear the slave driver's shout.

 19 The small and the great are there,
       and the slave is freed from his master.

 20 "Why is light given to those in misery,
       and life to the bitter of soul,

 21 to those who long for death that does not come,
       who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

 22 who are filled with gladness
       and rejoice when they reach the grave?

 23 Why is life given to a man
       whose way is hidden,
       whom God has hedged in?

 24 For sighing comes to me instead of food;
       my groans pour out like water.

 25 What I feared has come upon me;
       what I dreaded has happened to me.

 26 I have no peace, no quietness;
       I have no rest, but only turmoil."

Second Reading: John 1:35-51

Jesus' First Disciples

 35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

 37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"
      They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

 39"Come," he replied, "and you will see."
      So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.

 40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
      Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter[a]).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

 43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

 44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

 46"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.
      "Come and see," said Philip.

 47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."

 48"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked.
      Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."

 49Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

 50Jesus said, "You believe[b] because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." 51He then added, "I tell you[c] the truth, you[d] shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

Footnotes:John 1:42 Both Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) mean rock. John 1:50 Or Do you believe ...? John 1:51 The Greek is plural. John 1:51 The Greek is plural.


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