Daily Readings February 4
1 Corinthians 9:19-27
For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law though not being myself under the law that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God;let all the peoples praise you!The earth has yielded its increase;God, our God, has blessed us.God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
Now there were certain Gentiles among those who went up so that they might worship on the feast day. Therefore, these approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they petitioned him, saying: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew. Next, Andrew and Philip told Jesus.But Jesus answered them by saying: “The hour arrives when the Son of man shall be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it yields much fruit. Whoever loves his life, will lose it. And whoever hates his life in this world, preserves it unto eternal life. If anyone serves me, let him follow me. And where I am, there too my minister shall be. If anyone has served me, my Father will honor him. Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say? Father, save me from this hour? But it is for this reason that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” And then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” Therefore, the crowd, which was standing near and had heard it, said that it was like thunder. Others were saying, “An Angel was speaking with him.” Jesus responded and said: “This voice came, not for my sake, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of the world. Now will the prince of this world be cast out. And when I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all things to myself.”