Thursday, January 07, 2021

Reading (1 John 4:19-21; 5:4)

[19] We ourselves love now because he loved us first. [20] If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

[21] Yes, this is the command we have from him: whoever loves God must love his brother too. [5:4] because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.

Gospel (Luke 4: 14-22a)

[14] Yeshua returned to the Galil in the power of the Spirit, and reports about him spread throughout the countryside. [15] He taught in their synagogues, and everyone respected him.

[16] Now when he went to Natzeret, where he had been brought up, on Shabbat he went to the synagogue as usual. He stood up to read, [17] and he was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

[18] “The Spirit of Adonai is upon me; therefore he has anointed me to announce Good News to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned and renewed sight for the blind, to release those who have been crushed, [19]to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.”

[20] After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. [21] He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!”

[22] Everyone was speaking well of him and marvelling that such appealing words were coming from his mouth. They were even asking, “Can this be Yosef’s son?”

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