March 4th, 2019

Monday of Quinquagesima


First Reading: Job 36:1-21


Elihu Proclaims God’s Goodness

 1 Elihu also proceeded and said:

 2 “Bear with me a little, and I will show you
      That there are yet words to speak on God’s behalf.

 3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar;
      I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

 4 For truly my words are not false;
      One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

 5 “ Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one;
      He is mighty in strength of understanding.

 6 He does not preserve the life of the wicked,
      But gives justice to the oppressed.

 7 He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous;
      But they are on the throne with kings,
      For He has seated them forever,
      And they are exalted.

 8 And if they are bound in fetters,
      Held in the cords of affliction,

 9 Then He tells them their work and their transgressions—
      That they have acted defiantly.

 10 He also opens their ear to instruction,
      And commands that they turn from iniquity.

 11 If they obey and serve Him,
      They shall spend their days in prosperity,
      And their years in pleasures.

 12 But if they do not obey,
      They shall perish by the sword,
      And they shall die without knowledge.[a]

 13 “But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath;
      They do not cry for help when He binds them.

 14 They die in youth,
      And their life ends among the perverted persons.[b]

 15 He delivers the poor in their affliction,
      And opens their ears in oppression.

 16 “ Indeed He would have brought you out of dire distress,
      Into a broad place where there is no restraint;
      And what is set on your table would be full of richness.

 17 But you are filled with the judgment due the wicked;
      Judgment and justice take hold of you.

 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow;
      For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.

 19 Will your riches,
      Or all the mighty forces,
      Keep you from distress?

 20 Do not desire the night,
      When people are cut off in their place.

 21 Take heed, do not turn to iniquity,
      For you have chosen this rather than affliction.

Footnotes:Job 36:12 Masoretic Text reads as one without knowledge. Job 36:14 Hebrew qedeshim, that is, those practicing sodomy and prostitution in religious rituals


Second Reading: John 11:38-57


Lazarus Raised from the Dead

    38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[a] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

    45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. 48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” 49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us[b] that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples. 55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?” 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.

Footnotes:John 11:41 NU-Text omits from the place where the dead man was lying. John 11:50 NU-Text reads you.


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