Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Reading (Hebrews 2:14-18)

[14] Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, he became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by his death he might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary) [15] and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death.

[16] Indeed, it is obvious that he does not take hold of angels to help them; on the contrary, “He takes hold of the seed of Avraham.”  [17] This is why he had to become like his brothers in every respect — so that he might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of God, making a kapparah for the sins of the people.

[18] For since he himself suffered death when he was put to the test, he is able to help those who are being tested now.

Gospel (Mark 1: 29-39)

[29] They left the synagogue and went with Ya‘akov and Yochanan to the home of Shim‘on and Andrew. [30] Shim‘on’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever, and they told Yeshua about her.

[31] He came, took her by the hand and lifted her onto her feet. The fever left her, and she began helping them. [32] That evening after sundown, they brought to Yeshua all who were ill or held in the power of demons, [33] and the whole town came crowding around the door.

[34] He healed many who were ill with various diseases and expelled many demons, but he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.

[35] Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Yeshua got up, left, went away to a lonely spot and stayed there praying. [36] But Shim‘on and those with him went after him; [37] and when they found him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you.”

[38] He answered, “Let’s go somewhere else — to the other villages around here. I have to proclaim the message there too — in fact this is why I came out.” [39] So he traveled all through the Galil, preaching in their synagogues and expelling demons.

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