Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Reading (1 John 2:3-11)
 The way we can be sure we know him is if we are obeying his commands.  Anyone who says, “I know him,” but isn’t obeying his commands is a liar — the truth is not in him.
 But if someone keeps doing what he says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with him.  A person who claims to be continuing in union with him ought to conduct his life the way he did.
 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command. On the contrary, it is an old command, which you have had from the beginning; the old command is the message which you have heard before.
 Yet I am writing you a new command, and its reality is seen both in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.  Anyone who claims to be in this light while hating his brother is still in the dark.
 The person who keeps loving his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him that could make him trip.  But the person who hates his brother is in the dark — yes, he is walking in the dark, and he doesn’t know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Gospel (Luke 2: 22-35)
 When the time came for their purification according to the Torah of Moshe, they took him up to Yerushalayim to present him to Adonai  (as it is written in the Torah of Adonai, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to Adonai”  and also to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Torah of Adonai.
 There was in Yerushalayim a man named Shim‘on. This man was a tzaddik, he was devout, he waited eagerly for God to comfort Isra’el, and the Ruach HaKodesh was upon him.  It had been revealed to him by the Ruach HaKodesh that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah of Adonai.
 Prompted by the Spirit, he went into the Temple courts; and when the parents brought in the child Yeshua to do for him what the Torah required,  Shim‘on took him in his arms, made a b’rakhah to God, and said,  “Now, Adonai, according to your word, your servant is at peace as you let him go;  for I have seen with my own eyes your yeshu‘ah,  which you prepared in the presence of all peoples —  a light that will bring revelation to the Goyim and glory to your people Isra’el.”
 Yeshua’s father and mother were marvelling at the things Shim‘on was saying about him.  Shim‘on blessed them and said to the child’s mother, Miryam, “This child will cause many in Isra’el to fall and to rise, he will become a sign whom people will speak against; moreover, a sword will pierce your own heart too. All this will happen in order to reveal many people’s inmost thoughts.”