Readings for Feb 5, 2012: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Job 7:1-4, 6-7    1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23    Mark 1:29-39    The Message

 Job 7:1-4, 6-7

  There’s Nothing to My Life

Job spoke, saying:

“Human life is a struggle, isn’t it? It’s a life sentence to hard labor.

Like field hands longing for quitting time

and working stiffs with nothing to hope for but payday,

I’m given a life that meanders and goes nowhere—

months of aimlessness, nights of misery!

I go to bed and think, ‘How long till I can get up?’

I toss and turn as the night drags on—and I’m fed up!

My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles,

and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!

“God, don’t forget that I’m only a puff of air!

These eyes have had their last look at goodness.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

Brothers and sisters:

If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it

for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! If this was

my own idea of just another way to make a living, I’d expect some pay.

But since it’s not my idea but something solemnly entrusted to me, why

would I expect to get paid? So am I getting anything out of it? Yes, as

a matter of fact: the pleasure of proclaiming the Message at no cost to

you. You don’t even have to pay my expenses!

Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of

everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to

reach a wide range of people. I’ve become just about every sort of

servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved

life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk

about it; I wanted to be in on it!             © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

Mark 1:29-39

 

Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and

Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was

sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her,

took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she

was up fixing dinner for them.

 

That evening, after the sun was down, they brought sick and

evil-afflicted people to him, the whole city lined up at his door! He

cured their sick bodies and tormented spirits. Because the demons knew

his true identity, he didn’t let them say a word.

 

          The Leper

 

While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went

out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking

for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”

 

Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can

preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” He went to their meeting

places all through Galilee, preaching and throwing out the demons.

© ­­­ 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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