June 17th, 2019

Monday of Trinity Sunday


First Reading: Prov 17:1-28

 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
       than a house full of feasting, [a] with strife.

 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son,
       and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but the LORD tests the heart.

 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips;
       a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.

 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
       whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged,
       and parents are the pride of their children.

 7 Arrogant [b] lips are unsuited to a fool—
       how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;
       wherever he turns, he succeeds.

 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love,
       but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment
       more than a hundred lashes a fool.

 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion;
       a merciless official will be sent against him.

 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
       than a fool in his folly.

 13 If a man pays back evil for good,
       evil will never leave his house.

 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
       so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
       the LORD detests them both.

 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,
       since he has no desire to get wisdom?

 17 A friend loves at all times,
       and a brother is born for adversity.

 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge
       and puts up security for his neighbor.

 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin;
       he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper;
       he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief;
       there is no joy for the father of a fool.

 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
       but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret
       to pervert the course of justice.

 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
       but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
       and bitterness to the one who bore him.

 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,
       or to flog officials for their integrity.

 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
       and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
       and discerning if he holds his tongue.

New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Second Reading: John 16:17-33

The Disciples' Grief Will Turn to Joy

 17Some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?" 18They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."

 19Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'? 20I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

 25"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."

 29Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God."

 31"You believe at last!"[a] Jesus answered. 32"But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

 33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

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