February 8, 2015


Job 7: 1-7

7:1 The life of a man on the earth is a battle, and his days are like the days of a hired hand.
7:2 Just as a servant desires the shade, and just as the hired hand looks forward to the end of his work,
7:3 so also have I had empty months and have counted my burdensome nights.
7:4 If I lie down to sleep, I will say, “When will I rise?” And next I will hope for the evening and will be filled with sorrows even until darkness.
7:5 My flesh is clothed with particles of rottenness and filth; my skin is dried up and tightened.
7:6 My days have passed by more quickly than threads are cut by a weaver, and they have been consumed without any hope.
7:7 Remember that my life is wind, and my eye will not return to see good things.

Second Reading

First Letter to the Corinthians   9: 16-19, 22-23

9:16 For if I preach the Gospel, it is not glory for me. For an obligation has been laid upon me. And woe to me, if I do not preach the Gospel.

9:17 For if I do this willingly, I have a reward. But if I do this reluctantly, a dispensation is granted to me.

9:18 And what, then, would be my reward? So, when preaching the Gospel, I should give the Gospel without taking, so that I may not misuse my authority in the Gospel.

9:19 For when I was a free man to all, I made myself the servant of all, so that I might gain all the more.

9:22 To the weak, I became weak, so that I might gain the weak. To all, I became all, so that I might save all.

9:23 And I do everything for the sake of the Gospel, so that I may become its partner.


The Holy Gospel According to Mark   1: 29-39

1:29 And soon after departing from the synagogue, they went into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
1:30 But the mother-in-law of Simon lay ill with a fever. And at once they told him about her.
1:31 And drawing near to her, he raised her up, taking her by the hand. And immediately the fever left her, and she ministered to them.
1:32 Then, when evening arrived, after the sun had set, they brought to him all who had maladies and those who had demons.
1:33 And the entire city was gathered together at the door.
1:34 And he healed many who were troubled with various illnesses. And he cast out many demons, but he would not permit them to speak, because they knew him.
1:35 And rising up very early, departing, he went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
1:36 And Simon, and those who were with him, followed after him.
1:37 And when they had found him, they said to him, “For everyone is seeking you.”
1:38 And he said to them: “Let us go into the neighboring towns and cities, so that I may preach there also. Indeed, it was for this reason that I came.”
1:39 And he was preaching in their synagogues and throughout all of Galilee, and casting out demons.



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