Monday, March 01, 2021
Reading (Daniel 9:3, 4-10)
 I turned to Adonai, God, to seek an answer, pleading with him in prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.  I prayed to Adonai my God and made this confession: “Please, Adonai, great and fearsome God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot!
 We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled and turned away from your mitzvot and rulings.  We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our leaders, our ancestors and to all the people of the land.
 “To you, Adonai, belongs righteousness; but to us today belongs shame — to us, the men of Y’hudah, the inhabitants of Yerushalayim and all Isra’el, including those nearby and those far away, throughout all the countries where you have driven them; because they broke faith with you.
 Yes, Adonai, shame falls on us, our kings, our leaders and our ancestors; because we sinned against you.  It is for Adonai our God to show compassion and forgiveness, because we rebelled against him.
 We didn’t listen to the voice of Adonai our God, so that we could live by his laws, which he presented to us through his servants the prophets.
Gospel (Luke 6:36-38)
 Show compassion, just as your Father shows compassion.  “Don’t judge, and you won’t be judged. Don’t condemn, and you won’t be condemned. “Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
 Give, and you will receive gifts —the full measure, compacted, shaken together and overflowing, will be put right in your lap. For the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure back to you!”
Sunday, February 28, 2021
First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18)
 After these things, God tested Avraham. He said to him, “Avraham!” and he answered, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Yitz’chak; and go to the land of Moriyah. There you are to offer him as a burnt offering on a mountain that I will point out to you.”
 They came to the place God had told him about; and Avraham built the altar there, set the wood in order, bound Yitz’chak his son and laid him on the altar, on the wood.  Then Avraham put out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.  But the angel of Adonai called to him out of heaven: “Avraham? Avraham!”
He answered, “Here I am.”  He said, “Don’t lay your hand on the boy! Don’t do anything to him! For now I know that you are a man who fears God, because you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
 Avraham raised his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. Avraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son.  The angel of Adonai called to Avraham a second time out of heaven.
 He said, “I have sworn by myself — says Adonai — that because you have done this, because you haven’t withheld your son, your only son,  I will most certainly bless you; and I will most certainly increase your descendants to as many as there are stars in the sky or grains of sand on the seashore.
Your descendants will possess the cities of their enemies,  and by your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed — because you obeyed my order.”
Second Reading (Romans 8.31-35, 37)
 What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up on behalf of us all — is it possible that, having given us his Son, he would not give us everything else too?
 So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people? Certainly not God — he is the one who causes them to be considered righteous!  Who punishes them? Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and — more than that — has been raised, is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf!
 Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War?  No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us.
Gospel (Mark 9:2-10)
 Six days later, Yeshua took Kefa, Ya‘akov and Yochanan and led them up a high mountain privately. As they watched, he began to change form,  and his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than anyone in the world could possibly bleach them.
 Then they saw Eliyahu and Moshe speaking with Yeshua.  Kefa said to Yeshua, “It’s good that we’re here, Rabbi! Let’s put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moshe and one for Eliyahu.”
 (He didn’t know what to say, they were so frightened.)  Then a cloud enveloped them; and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”  Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Yeshua.
 As they came down the mountain, he warned them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves; but they continued asking each other, “What is this ‘rising from the dead’?”