February 21st, 2019

Thursday of Septuagesima

First Reading: Job 16:1-22


 1 Then Job replied:

 2 "I have heard many things like these;
       miserable comforters are you all!

 3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?
       What ails you that you keep on arguing?

 4 I also could speak like you,
       if you were in my place;
       I could make fine speeches against you
       and shake my head at you.

 5 But my mouth would encourage you;
       comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

 6 "Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved;
       and if I refrain, it does not go away.

 7 Surely, O God, you have worn me out;
       you have devastated my entire household.

 8 You have bound me—and it has become a witness;
       my gauntness rises up and testifies against me.

 9 God assails me and tears me in his anger
       and gnashes his teeth at me;
       my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.

 10 Men open their mouths to jeer at me;
       they strike my cheek in scorn
       and unite together against me.

 11 God has turned me over to evil men
       and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked.

 12 All was well with me, but he shattered me;
       he seized me by the neck and crushed me.
       He has made me his target;

 13 his archers surround me.
       Without pity, he pierces my kidneys
       and spills my gall on the ground.

 14 Again and again he bursts upon me;
       he rushes at me like a warrior.

 15 "I have sewed sackcloth over my skin
       and buried my brow in the dust.

 16 My face is red with weeping,
       deep shadows ring my eyes;

 17 yet my hands have been free of violence
       and my prayer is pure.

 18 "O earth, do not cover my blood;
       may my cry never be laid to rest!

 19 Even now my witness is in heaven;
       my advocate is on high.

 20 My intercessor is my friend [a]
       as my eyes pour out tears to God;

 21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God
       as a man pleads for his friend.

 22 "Only a few years will pass
       before I go on the journey of no return.

Footnotes:Job 16:20 Or My friends treat me with scorn

Second Reading: John 7:1-13

Jesus Goes to the Feast of Tabernacles

 1After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. 2But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, 3Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 5For even his own brothers did not believe in him.

 6Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. 8You go to the Feast. I am not yet[a] going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come." 9Having said this, he stayed in Galilee.

 10However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret. 11Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, "Where is that man?"

 12Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, "He is a good man."

   Others replied, "No, he deceives the people." 13But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews.

Footnotes:John 7:8 Some early manuscripts do not have yet.


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