Saturday, February 06, 2021

Reading (Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21)

[15] Through him, therefore, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise continually. For this is the natural product of lips that acknowledge his name. [16] But don’t forget doing good and sharing with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

[17] Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your lives, as people who will have to render an account. So make it a task of joy for them, not one of groaning; for that is of no advantage to you.

[20] The God of shalom brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Yeshua, by the blood of an eternal covenant.

[21] May that God equip you with every good thing you need to do his will; and may he do in us whatever pleases him, through Yeshua the Messiah. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel (Mark 6:30-34)

[30] Those who had been sent out rejoined Yeshua and reported to him all they had done and taught.

[31] There were so many people coming and going that they couldn’t even take time to eat, so he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a place where we can be alone, and you can get some rest.”

[32] They went off by themselves to an isolated spot; [33] but many people, seeing them leave and recognizing them, ran ahead on foot from all the towns and got there first.

[34] When Yeshua came ashore, he saw a huge crowd. Filled with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, he began teaching them many things.

Friday, February 05, 2021

Reading (Hebrews 13:1-8)

[1] Let brotherly friendship continue; [2] but don’t forget to be friendly to outsiders; for in so doing, some people, without knowing it, have entertained angels.

[3] Remember those in prison and being mistreated, as if you were in prison with them and undergoing their torture yourselves. [4] Marriage is honorable in every respect; and, in particular, sex within marriage is pure.

But God will indeed punish fornicators and adulterers. [5] Keep your lives free from the love of money; and be satisfied with what you have; for God himself has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.”

[6] Therefore, we say with confidence, Adonai is my helper; I will not be afraid —what can a human being do to me?” [7] Remember your leaders, those who spoke God’s message to you. Reflect on the results of their way of life, and imitate their trust — [8] Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Gospel (Mark 6:14-29)

[14] Meanwhile, King Herod heard about this, for Yeshua’s reputation had spread. Some were saying, “Yochanan the Immerser has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.”

[15] Others said, “It is Eliyahu!” and still others, “He is a prophet, like one of the old prophets.” [16] But when Herod heard about it, he said, “Yochanan, whom I had beheaded, has been raised.”

[17] For Herod had sent and had Yochanan arrested and chained in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod had married her, [18] but Yochanan had told him, “It violates the Torah for you to marry your brother’s wife.”

[19] So Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted him put to death. But this she could not accomplish, [20] because Herod stood in awe of Yochanan and protected him, for he knew that he was a tzaddik, a holy man. Whenever he heard him, he became deeply disturbed; yet he liked to listen to him.

[21] Finally, the opportunity came. Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his nobles and officers and the leading men of the Galil. [22] The daughter of Herodias came in and danced, and she pleased Herod and his guests.

The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want; I will give it to you”; [23] and he made a vow to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”

[24] So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She said, “The head of Yochanan the Immerser.” [25] At once the daughter hurried back to the king and announced her request: “I want you to give me right now on a platter the head of Yochanan the Immerser.”

[26] Herod was appalled; but out of regard for the oaths he had sworn before his dinner guests, he did not want to break his word to her. [27] So the king immediately sent a soldier from his personal guard with orders to bring Yochanan’s head.

The soldier went and beheaded Yochanan in the prison, [28] brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother. [29] When Yochanan’s talmidim heard of it, they came and took the body and laid it in a grave.

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