February 14th, 2019

Valentine, Martyr


First Reading: Job 10:1-22


 1 "I loathe my very life;
       therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
       and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.

 2 I will say to God: Do not condemn me,
       but tell me what charges you have against me.

 3 Does it please you to oppress me,
       to spurn the work of your hands,
       while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?

 4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
       Do you see as a mortal sees?

 5 Are your days like those of a mortal
       or your years like those of a man,

 6 that you must search out my faults
       and probe after my sin-

 7 though you know that I am not guilty
       and that no one can rescue me from your hand?

 8 "Your hands shaped me and made me.
       Will you now turn and destroy me?

 9 Remember that you molded me like clay.
       Will you now turn me to dust again?

 10 Did you not pour me out like milk
       and curdle me like cheese,

 11 clothe me with skin and flesh
       and knit me together with bones and sinews?

 12 You gave me life and showed me kindness,
       and in your providence watched over my spirit.

 13 "But this is what you concealed in your heart,
       and I know that this was in your mind:

 14 If I sinned, you would be watching me
       and would not let my offense go unpunished.

 15 If I am guilty—woe to me!
       Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,
       for I am full of shame
       and drowned in [a] my affliction.

 16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion
       and again display your awesome power against me.

 17 You bring new witnesses against me
       and increase your anger toward me;
       your forces come against me wave upon wave.

 18 "Why then did you bring me out of the womb?
       I wish I had died before any eye saw me.

 19 If only I had never come into being,
       or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!

 20 Are not my few days almost over?
       Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy

 21 before I go to the place of no return,
       to the land of gloom and deep shadow, [b]

 22 to the land of deepest night,
       of deep shadow and disorder,
       where even the light is like darkness."

Footnotes:Job 10:15 Or and aware of Job 10:21 Or and the shadow of death ; also in verse 22


Second Reading: John 5:1-18


The Healing at the Pool

 1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.[b] 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"

 7"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."

 8Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
      The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."

 11But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "

 12So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"

 13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

 14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Life Through the Son

 16So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. 17Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." 18For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Footnotes:John 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethzatha; other manuscripts Bethsaida John 5:3 Some less important manuscripts paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. 4 From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had.


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