Friday, January 08, 2021
Reading (1 John 5:5-13)
 Who does overcome the world if not the person who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God?  He is the one who came by means of water and blood, Yeshua the Messiah — not with water only, but with the water and the blood.
And the Spirit bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth.  There are three witnesses —  the Spirit, the water and the blood — and these three are in agreement.  If we accept human witness, God’s witness is stronger, because it is the witness which God has given about his Son.
 Those who keep trusting in the Son of God have this witness in them. Those who do not keep trusting God have made him out to be a liar, because they have not trusted in the witness which God has given about his Son.
 And this is the witness: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Those who have the Son have the life; those who do not have the Son of God do not have the life.
 I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life — you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God.
Gospel (Luke 5: 12-16)
 Once, when Yeshua was in one of the towns, there came a man completely covered with tzara‘at. On seeing Yeshua, he fell on his face and begged him, “Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
 Yeshua reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” Immediately the tzara‘at left him.  Then Yeshua warned him not to tell anyone. “Instead, as a testimony to the people, go straight to the cohen and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moshe commanded.”
 But the news about Yeshua kept spreading all the more, so that huge crowds would gather to listen and be healed of their sicknesses.  However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray.