February 27th, 2019

Wednesday of Sexagesima


First Reading: Job 20:16-31


 16 He will suck the poison of serpents;
       the fangs of an adder will kill him.

 17 He will not enjoy the streams,
       the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;
       he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.

 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute;
       he has seized houses he did not build.

 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving;
       he cannot save himself by his treasure.

 21 Nothing is left for him to devour;
       his prosperity will not endure.

 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;
       the full force of misery will come upon him.

 23 When he has filled his belly,
       God will vent his burning anger against him
       and rain down his blows upon him.

 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon,
       a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.

 25 He pulls it out of his back,
       the gleaming point out of his liver.
       Terrors will come over him;

 26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures.
       A fire unfanned will consume him
       and devour what is left in his tent.

 27 The heavens will expose his guilt;
       the earth will rise up against him.

 28 A flood will carry off his house,
       rushing waters [a] on the day of God's wrath.

 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,
       the heritage appointed for them by God."

Footnotes:Job 20:28 Or The possessions in his house will be carried off, / washed away


Second Reading: John 9:1-23


Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

 3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

 6Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

 8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9Some claimed that he was.
      Others said, "No, he only looks like him."
      But he himself insisted, "I am the man."

 10"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.

 11He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."

 12"Where is this man?" they asked him.
      "I don't know," he said.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

 13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."

 16Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath."
      But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided.

 17Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened."
      The man replied, "He is a prophet."

 18The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 19"Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"

 20"We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. 21But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself." 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ[a] would be put out of the synagogue. 23That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."

Footnotes:John 9:22 Or Messiah


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