Wednesday, February 03, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15)
 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in the contest against sin.  Also you have forgotten the counsel which speaks with you as sons: “My son, don’t despise the discipline of Adonai or become despondent when he corrects you.
 For Adonai disciplines those he loves and whips everyone he accepts as a son.”  Regard your endurance as discipline; God is dealing with you as sons. For what son goes undisciplined by his father?
 Now, all discipline, while it is happening, does indeed seem painful, not enjoyable; but for those who have been trained by it, it later produces its peaceful fruit, which is righteousness.
 So, strengthen your drooping arms, and steady your tottering knees;  and make a level path for your feet; so that what has been injured will not get wrenched out of joint but rather will be healed.
 Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness[c] springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many,
Gospel (Mark 6:1-6)
 Then Yeshua left and went to his home town, and his talmidim followed him.  On Shabbat he started to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They asked, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom he has been given?
What are these miracles worked through him?  Isn’t he just the carpenter? the son of Miryam? the brother of Ya‘akov and Yosi and Y’hudah and Shim‘on? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
 But Yeshua said to them. “The only place people don’t respect a prophet is in his home town, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”  So he could do no miracles there, other than lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.
 He was amazed at their lack of trust. Then he went through the surrounding towns and villages, teaching.