Sunday, February 14, 2021

First Reading (Leviticus 13:1-2, 45-46)

[1] Adonai said to Moshe and Aharon, [2] “If someone develops on his skin a swelling, scab or bright spot which could develop into the disease tzara‘at, he is to be brought to Aharon the cohen or to one of his sons who are cohanim. [45]“Everyone who has tzara‘at sores is to wear torn clothes and unbound hair, cover his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’

[46] As long as he has sores, he will be unclean; since he is unclean, he must live in isolation; he must live outside the camp.

Second Reading (1 Corinthians 10:31 –33; 11:1)

[31] Well, whatever you do, whether it’s eating or drinking or anything else, do it all so as to bring glory to God. [32] Do not be an obstacle to anyone — not to Jews, not to Gentiles, and not to God’s Messianic Community.

[33] Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not looking out for my own interests but for those of the many, so that they may be saved; [11:1] try to imitate me, even as I myself try to imitate the Messiah.

Gospel (Mark 1:40-45)

[40] A man afflicted with tzara‘at came to Yeshua and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” [41] Moved with pity, Yeshua reached out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I am willing! Be cleansed!”

[42] Instantly the tzara‘at left him, and he was cleansed. [43] Yeshua sent him away with this stern warning: [44] “See to it that you tell no one; instead, as a testimony to the people, go and let the cohen examine you, and offer for your cleansing what Moshe commanded.”

[45] But he went out and began spreading the news, talking freely about it; so that Yeshua could no longer enter a town openly but stayed out in the country, where people continued coming to him from all around.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Reading (Genesis 3:9-24)

[9] Adonai, God, called to the man, “Where are you?” [10] He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.” [11] He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?”

[12] The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” [13] Adonai, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.”

[14] Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. [15] I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

[16] To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbirth. You will bring forth children in pain. Your desire will be toward your husband, but he will rule over you.”

[17]  To Adam he said, “Because you listened to what your wife said and ate from the tree about which I gave you the order, ‘You are not to eat from it,’ the ground is cursed on your account; you will work hard to eat from it as long as you live.

[18] It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat field plants. [19] You will eat bread by the sweat of your forehead till you return to the ground — for you were taken out of it: you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

[20] The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living. [21] Adonai, God, made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. [22] Adonai, God, said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.

Now, to prevent his putting out his hand and taking also from the tree of life, eating, and living forever — ” [23] therefore Adonai, God, sent him out of the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.

[24] So he drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of ‘Eden the k’ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Gospel (Mark 8:1-10)

[1] It was during that time that another large crowd gathered, and they had nothing to eat. Yeshua called his talmidim to him and said to them, [2] “I feel sorry for these people, because they have been with me three days, and now they have nothing to eat.

[3] If I send them off to their homes hungry, they will collapse on the way; some of them have come a long distance.” [4] His talmidim said to him, “How can anyone find enough bread to satisfy these people in a remote place like this?”

[5] “How many loaves do you have?” he asked them. They answered, “Seven.” [6] He then told the crowd to sit down on the ground, took the seven loaves, made a b’rakhah, broke the loaves and gave them to his talmidim to serve to the people.

[7] They also had a few fish; making a b’rakhah over them he also ordered these to be served. [8] The people ate their fill; and the talmidim took up the leftover pieces, seven large basketsful. [9] About four thousand were there.

[10] After sending them away, Yeshua got into the boat with his talmidim and went off to the district of Dalmanuta.

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