March 1st, 2019

Friday of Sexagesima

First Reading: Job 33:1-18

 1 "But now, Job, listen to my words;
       pay attention to everything I say.

 2 I am about to open my mouth;
       my words are on the tip of my tongue.

 3 My words come from an upright heart;
       my lips sincerely speak what I know.

 4 The Spirit of God has made me;
       the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

 5 Answer me then, if you can;
       prepare yourself and confront me.

 6 I am just like you before God;
       I too have been taken from clay.

 7 No fear of me should alarm you,
       nor should my hand be heavy upon you.

 8 "But you have said in my hearing—
       I heard the very words-

 9 'I am pure and without sin;
       I am clean and free from guilt.

 10 Yet God has found fault with me;
       he considers me his enemy.

 11 He fastens my feet in shackles;
       he keeps close watch on all my paths.'

 12 "But I tell you, in this you are not right,
       for God is greater than man.

 13 Why do you complain to him
       that he answers none of man's words [a] ?

 14 For God does speak—now one way, now another—
       though man may not perceive it.

 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
       when deep sleep falls on men
       as they slumber in their beds,

 16 he may speak in their ears
       and terrify them with warnings,

 17 to turn man from wrongdoing
       and keep him from pride,

 18 to preserve his soul from the pit, [b]
       his life from perishing by the sword. [c]

Footnotes:Job 33:13 Or that he does not answer for any of his actions Job 33:18 Or preserve him from the grave Job 33:18 Or from crossing the River

Second Reading: John 10:22-42

The Unbelief of the Jews

 22Then came the Feast of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade. 24The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ,[b] tell us plainly."

 25Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."

 31Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?"

 33"We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."

 34Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'[d]? 35If he called them 'gods,' to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— 36what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son'? 37Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does. 38But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father." 39Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

 40Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed 41and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true." 42And in that place many believed in Jesus.

Footnotes:John 10:22 That is, Hanukkah John 10:24 Or Messiah John 10:29 Many early manuscripts What my Father has given me is greater than all John 10:34 Psalm 82:6


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