Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 49:6-10
Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be
My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved
ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You
should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.' "
Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One,
to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of
rulers: "Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of
the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You."
Thus says the LORD: "In an acceptable time I have heard You,
and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give
You as a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to
inherit the desolate heritages;
that You may say to the prisoners, 'Go forth,' to those who
are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' "They shall feed along the roads, and
their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.
They shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun
shall strike them; for He who has mercy on them will lead them, even by the
springs of water He will guide them.
Old Testament Reading: Genesis 31:3-16
Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your
fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."
So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field, to
and said to them, "I see your father's countenance, that it
is not favorable toward me as before; but the God of my father has been
"And you know that with all my might I have served your
"Yet your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten
times, but God did not allow him to hurt me.
"If he said thus: 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then
all the flocks bore speckled. And if he said thus: 'The streaked shall be
your wages,' then all the flocks bore streaked.
"So God has taken away the livestock of your father and
given them to me.
"And it happened, at the time when the flocks conceived,
that I lifted my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped
upon the flocks were streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted.
"Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, '
Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I am.'
"And He said, 'Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams
which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I
have seen all that Laban is doing to you.
'I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and
where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to
the land of your family.' "
Then Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "Is there
still any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
"Are we not considered strangers by him? For he has sold
us, and also completely consumed our money.
"For all these riches which God has taken from our father
are really ours and our children's; now then, whatever God has said to you,
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 21:3-21
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the
LORD than sacrifice.
A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the
wicked are sin.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those
of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy
of those who seek death.
The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they
refuse to do justice.
The way of a guilty man is perverse; but as for the pure,
his work is right.
It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a
house shared with a contentious woman.
The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no
favor in his eyes.
When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but
when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also
cry himself and not be heard.
A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a bribe behind the
back, strong wrath.
It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction
will come to the workers of iniquity.
A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest
in the congregation of the dead.
He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves
wine and oil will not be rich.
The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the
unfaithful for the upright.
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a
contentious and angry woman.
There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of
the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.
He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life,
righteousness and honor.
Saints and Feasts
Terence & his Companions beheaded at Carthage; Gregory V, the Holy Martyr & Patriarch of Constantinople; Holy Father Theona, Archbishop of Thessolonica