February 12th, 2019

Tuesday of Transfiguration


First Reading: Job 8:1-22


Bildad

 1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

 2 "How long will you say such things?
       Your words are a blustering wind.

 3 Does God pervert justice?
       Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

 4 When your children sinned against him,
       he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.

 5 But if you will look to God
       and plead with the Almighty,

 6 if you are pure and upright,
       even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
       and restore you to your rightful place.

 7 Your beginnings will seem humble,
       so prosperous will your future be.

 8 "Ask the former generations
       and find out what their fathers learned,

 9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,
       and our days on earth are but a shadow.

 10 Will they not instruct you and tell you?
       Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?

 11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?
       Can reeds thrive without water?

 12 While still growing and uncut,
       they wither more quickly than grass.

 13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
       so perishes the hope of the godless.

 14 What he trusts in is fragile [a] ;
       what he relies on is a spider's web.

 15 He leans on his web, but it gives way;
       he clings to it, but it does not hold.

 16 He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine,
       spreading its shoots over the garden;

 17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks
       and looks for a place among the stones.

 18 But when it is torn from its spot,
       that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'

 19 Surely its life withers away,
       and [b] from the soil other plants grow.

 20 "Surely God does not reject a blameless man
       or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
       and your lips with shouts of joy.

 22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,
       and the tents of the wicked will be no more."

Footnotes:Job 8:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. Job 8:19 Or Surely all the joy it has / is that


Second Reading: John 4:27-45


The Disciples Rejoin Jesus

 27Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, "What do you want?" or "Why are you talking with her?"

 28Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29"Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ[a]?" 30They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

 31Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something."

 32But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."

 33Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?"

 34"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. 38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

Many Samaritans Believe

 39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me everything I ever did." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers.

 42They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

Jesus Heals the Official's Son

 43After the two days he left for Galilee. 44(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there.

Footnotes:John 4:29 Or Messiah


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