Friday, February 12, 2021
Reading (Genesis 3:1-8)
 Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai, God, had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?”
 The woman answered the serpent, “We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden,  but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, ‘You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’”  The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die;  because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate.
 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.
They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden.
Gospel (Mark 7:31-37)
 Then he left the district of Tzor and went through Tzidon to Lake Kinneret and on to the region of the Ten Towns.  They brought him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment and asked Yeshua to lay his hand on him.
 Taking him off alone, away from the crowd, Yeshua put his fingers into the man’s ears, spat, and touched his tongue;  then, looking up to heaven, he gave a deep groan and said to him, “Hippatach!” (that is, “Be opened!”).
 His ears were opened, his tongue was freed, and he began speaking clearly.  Yeshua ordered the people to tell no one; but the more he insisted, the more zealously they spread the news.
 People were overcome with amazement. “Everything he does, he does well!” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak!”
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Reading (Genesis 2:18-25)
 Adonai, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.”  So from the ground Adonai, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them.
Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name.  So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him.
 Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh.  The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person.
 The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”  This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.
 They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.
Gospel (Mark 7:24-30)
 Next, Yeshua left that district and went off to the vicinity of Tzor and Tzidon. There he found a house to stay in and wanted to remain unrecognized, but keeping hidden proved impossible.
 Instead, a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit in her came to him and fell down at his feet.  The woman was a Greek, by birth a Syro-phoenician, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.
 He said, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s food and toss it to their pet dogs.”  She answered him, “That is true, sir; but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s leftovers.”
 Then he said to her, “For such an answer you may go on home; the demon has left your daughter.”  She went back home and found the child lying on the couch, the demon gone.