Monday, January 25, 2021

Reading (Acts 22:3-16)

[3] “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city and trained at the feet of Gamli’el in every detail of the Torah of our forefathers. I was a zealot for God, as all of you are today.

[4] I persecuted to death the followers of this Way, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison. [5] The cohen hagadol and the whole Sanhedrin can also testify to this. Indeed, after receiving letters from them to their colleagues in Dammesek,

I was on my way there in order to arrest the ones in that city too and bring them back to Yerushalayim for punishment. [6] “As I was traveling and approaching Dammesek, around noon, suddenly a brilliant light from heaven flashed all around me!

[7] I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?’ [8] I answered, ‘Sir, who are you?’ ‘I am Yeshua from Natzeret,’ he said to me, ‘and you are persecuting me!’

[9] Those who were with me did see the light, but they didn’t hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me. [10] I said ‘What should I do, Lord?’

And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up, and go into Dammesek, and there you will be told about everything that has been laid out for you to do.’ [11] I had been blinded by the brightness of the light, so my companions led me by the hand into Dammesek.

[12] “A man named Hananyah, an observant follower of the Torah who was highly regarded by the entire Jewish community there, [13] came to me, stood by me and said, ‘Brother Sha’ul, see again!’ And at that very moment, I recovered my sight and saw him.

[14] He said, ‘The God of our fathersdetermined in advance that you should know his will, see the Tzaddik and hear his voice; [15]because you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.

[16] So now, what are you waiting for? Get up, immerse yourself and have your sins washed away as you call on his name.’

Gospel (Mark 16:15-18)

[15] Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation. [16] Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned.

[17] And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues, [18] not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.”

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