February 28th, 2019

Thursday of Sexagesima


First Reading: Job 31:1-12; Job 31:33-40


 1 "I made a covenant with my eyes
       not to look lustfully at a girl.

 2 For what is man's lot from God above,
       his heritage from the Almighty on high?

 3 Is it not ruin for the wicked,
       disaster for those who do wrong?

 4 Does he not see my ways
       and count my every step?

 5 "If I have walked in falsehood
       or my foot has hurried after deceit-

 6 let God weigh me in honest scales
       and he will know that I am blameless-

 7 if my steps have turned from the path,
       if my heart has been led by my eyes,
       or if my hands have been defiled,

 8 then may others eat what I have sown,
       and may my crops be uprooted.

 9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
       or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,

 10 then may my wife grind another man's grain,
       and may other men sleep with her.

 11 For that would have been shameful,
       a sin to be judged.

 12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction [a] ;
       it would have uprooted my harvest.

Footnotes:Job 31:12 Hebrew Abaddon




 33 if I have concealed my sin as men do, [a]
       by hiding my guilt in my heart

 34 because I so feared the crowd
       and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
       that I kept silent and would not go outside

 35 ("Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
       I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
       let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

 36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
       I would put it on like a crown.

 37 I would give him an account of my every step;
       like a prince I would approach him.)-

 38 "if my land cries out against me
       and all its furrows are wet with tears,

 39 if I have devoured its yield without payment
       or broken the spirit of its tenants,

 40 then let briers come up instead of wheat
       and weeds instead of barley."
      The words of Job are ended.

Footnotes:Job 31:33 Or as Adam did


Second Reading: John 9:24-41


 24A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God,[a]" they said. "We know this man is a sinner."

 25He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"

 26Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"

 27He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"

 28Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."

 30The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

 34To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.

Spiritual Blindness
 35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

 36"Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."

 37Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you."

 38Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.

 39Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

 40Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

 41Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

Footnotes:John 9:24 A solemn charge to tell the truth (see Joshua 7:19)


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