February 22nd, 2019

Friday of Septuagesima


First Reading: Job 17:1-16


 1 My spirit is broken,
       my days are cut short,
       the grave awaits me.

 2 Surely mockers surround me;
       my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

 3 "Give me, O God, the pledge you demand.
       Who else will put up security for me?

 4 You have closed their minds to understanding;
       therefore you will not let them triumph.

 5 If a man denounces his friends for reward,
       the eyes of his children will fail.

 6 "God has made me a byword to everyone,
       a man in whose face people spit.

 7 My eyes have grown dim with grief;
       my whole frame is but a shadow.

 8 Upright men are appalled at this;
       the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.

 9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways,
       and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

 10 "But come on, all of you, try again!
       I will not find a wise man among you.

 11 My days have passed, my plans are shattered,
       and so are the desires of my heart.

 12 These men turn night into day;
       in the face of darkness they say, 'Light is near.'

 13 If the only home I hope for is the grave, [a]
       if I spread out my bed in darkness,

 14 if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,'
       and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,'

 15 where then is my hope?
       Who can see any hope for me?

 16 Will it go down to the gates of death [b] ?
       Will we descend together into the dust?"

Footnotes:Job 17:13 Hebrew Sheol Job 17:16 Hebrew Sheol


Second Reading: John 7:14-31


Jesus Teaches at the Feast

 14Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15The Jews were amazed and asked, "How did this man get such learning without having studied?"

 16Jesus answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. 17If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

 20"You are demon-possessed," the crowd answered. "Who is trying to kill you?"

 21Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle, and you are all astonished. 22Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a child on the Sabbath. 23Now if a child can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing the whole man on the Sabbath? 24Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment."

Is Jesus the Christ?

 25At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill? 26Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ[a]? 27But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from."

 28Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29but I know him because I am from him and he sent me."

 30At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. 31Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?"

Footnotes:John 7:26 Or Messiah; also in verses 27, 31, 41 and 42


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