February 27th, 2019

Wednesday of Sexagesima

First Reading: Job 20:16-31

 16He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

 17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

 18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.

 19Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

 20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

 21There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

 22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

 23When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

 24He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

 25It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

 26All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

 27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

 28The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

 29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

Second Reading: John 9:1-23

 1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

 3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

 4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 6When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

 7And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

 8The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

 9Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

 10Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

 11He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

 12Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

 13They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

 14And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

 15Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

 16Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

 17They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

 18But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

 19And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

 20His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

 21But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

 22These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

 23Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.


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