Sunday, January 31, 2021
First Reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
“Adonai will raise up for you a prophet like me from among yourselves, from your own kinsmen.
You are to pay attention to him,  just as when you were assembled at Horev and requested Adonai your God, ‘Don’t let me hear the voice of Adonai my God any more, or let me see this great fire ever again; if I do, I will die!’
 On that occasion Adonai said to me, ‘They are right in what they are saying.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.
 Whoever doesn’t listen to my words, which he will speak in my name, will have to account for himself to me.  “‘But if a prophet presumptuously speaks a word in my name which I didn’t order him to say, or if he speaks in the name of other gods, then that prophet must die.’
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 7:32-35)
 What I want is for you to be free of concern. An unmarried man concerns himself with the Lord’s affairs,  with how to please the Lord; but the married man concerns himself with the world’s affairs, with how to please his wife;  and he finds himself split.
Likewise the woman who is no longer married or the girl who has never been married concerns herself with the Lord’s affairs, with how to be holy both physically and spiritually; but the married woman concerns herself with the world’s affairs, with how to please her husband.
 I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to put restrictions on you — I am simply concerned that you live in a proper manner and serve the Lord with undivided devotion.
Gospel (Mark 1:21-28)
 They entered K’far-Nachum, and on Shabbat Yeshua went into the synagogue and began teaching.  They were amazed at the way he taught, for he did not instruct them like the Torah-teachers but as one who had authority himself.
 In their synagogue just then was a man with an unclean spirit in him, who shouted,  “What do you want with us, Yeshua from Natzeret? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”
 But Yeshua rebuked the unclean spirit, “Be quiet and come out of him!”  Throwing the man into a convulsion, it gave a loud shriek and came out of him.  They were all so astounded that they began asking each other, “What is this?
A new teaching, one with authority behind it! He gives orders even to the unclean spirits, and they obey him!”  And the news about him spread quickly through the whole region of the Galil.