February 11th, 2019

Monday of Transfiguration

First Reading: Job 7:1-21

 1 "Does not man have hard service on earth?
       Are not his days like those of a hired man?

 2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,
       or a hired man waiting eagerly for his wages,

 3 so I have been allotted months of futility,
       and nights of misery have been assigned to me.

 4 When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?'
       The night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

 5 My body is clothed with worms and scabs,
       my skin is broken and festering.

 6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle,
       and they come to an end without hope.

 7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
       my eyes will never see happiness again.

 8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;
       you will look for me, but I will be no more.

 9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone,
       so he who goes down to the grave [a] does not return.

 10 He will never come to his house again;
       his place will know him no more.

 11 "Therefore I will not keep silent;
       I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,
       I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

 12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep,
       that you put me under guard?

 13 When I think my bed will comfort me
       and my couch will ease my complaint,

 14 even then you frighten me with dreams
       and terrify me with visions,

 15 so that I prefer strangling and death,
       rather than this body of mine.

 16 I despise my life; I would not live forever.
       Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

 17 "What is man that you make so much of him,
       that you give him so much attention,

 18 that you examine him every morning
       and test him every moment?

 19 Will you never look away from me,
       or let me alone even for an instant?

 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
       O watcher of men?
       Why have you made me your target?
       Have I become a burden to you? [b]

 21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
       and forgive my sins?
       For I will soon lie down in the dust;
       you will search for me, but I will be no more."

Footnotes:Job 7:9 Hebrew Sheol Job 7:20 A few manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition and Septuagint; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text I have become a burden to myself .

Second Reading: John 4:7-26

 7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

 9The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

 10Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

 11"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"

 13Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

 15The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water."

 16He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back."

 17"I have no husband," she replied.

   Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."

 19"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."

 21Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

 25The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

 26Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he."

Footnotes:John 4:9 Or do not use dishes Samaritans have used


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