Thursday, June 10, 2021
Reading (2 Corinthians 3:15 –18; 4:1, 3-6)
 Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart.  “But,” says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to Adonai, the veil is taken away.”  Now, “Adonai” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is freedom.
 So all of us, with faces unveiled, see as in a mirror the glory of the Lord; and we are being changed into his very image, from one degree of glory to the next, by Adonai the Spirit. [4:1] God has shown us such mercy that we do not lose courage as we do the work he has given us.
 So if indeed our Good News is veiled, it is veiled only to those in the process of being lost.  They do not come to trust because the god of the ‘olam hazeh has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God.
 For what we are proclaiming is not ourselves, but the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, with ourselves as slaves for you because of Yeshua.
 For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.
Gospel (Matthew 5:20-26)
 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!  “You have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Do not murder,’and that anyone who commits murder will be subject to judgment.
 But I tell you that anyone who nurses anger against his brother will be subject to judgment; that whoever calls his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Sanhedrin; that whoever says, ‘Fool!’ incurs the penalty of burning in the fire of Gei-Hinnom!
 So if you are offering your gift at the Temple altar and you remember there that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift where it is by the altar, and go, make peace with your brother. Then come back and offer your gift.
 If someone sues you, come to terms with him quickly, while you and he are on the way to court; or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer of the court, and you may be thrown in jail!  Yes indeed! I tell you, you will certainly not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Reading (2 Corinthians 3:4-11)
 Such is the confidence we have through the Messiah toward God.  It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.
 He has even made us competent to be workers serving a New Covenant, the essence of which is not a written text but the Spirit. For the written text brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
 Now if that which worked death, by means of a written text engraved on stone tablets, came with glory — such glory that the people of Isra’el could not stand to look at Moshe’s face because of its brightness, even though that brightness was already fading away —  won’t the working of the Spirit be accompanied by even greater glory?
 For if there was glory in what worked to declare people guilty, how much more must the glory abound in what works to declare people innocent!
 In fact, by comparison with this greater glory, what was made glorious before has no glory now.  For if there was glory in what faded away, how much more glory must there be in what lasts.
Gospel (Matthew 5:17-19)
 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.  Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.
 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Reading (2 Corinthians 1.18-22)
 As surely as God is trustworthy, we don’t say “Yes” when we mean “No.”  For the Son of God, the Messiah Yeshua, who was proclaimed among you through us — that is, through me and Sila and Timothy — was not a yes-and-no man; on the contrary, with him it is always “Yes!”
 For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with him; that is why it is through him that we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God.
 Moreover, it is God who sets both us and you in firm union with the Messiah; he has anointed us,  put his seal on us, and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee for the future.
Gospel (Matthew 5.13-16)
 “You are salt for the Land. But if salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except being thrown out for people to trample on.  “You are light for the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
 Likewise, when people light a lamp, they don’t cover it with a bowl but put it on a lampstand, so that it shines for everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they may see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
Monday, June 07, 2021
Reading (2 Corinthians 1:1-7)
 From: Sha’ul, by God’s will an emissary of the Messiah Yeshua, and brother Timothy To: God’s Messianic community in Corinth, along with all God’s people throughout Achaia:  Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
 Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, compassionate Father, God of all encouragement and comfort;  who encourages us in all our trials, so that we can encourage others in whatever trials they may be undergoing with the encouragement we ourselves have received from God.
 For just as the Messiah’s sufferings overflow into us, so through the Messiah our encouragement also overflows.  So if we undergo trials, it is for your encouragement and deliverance; and if we are encouraged, that should encourage you when you have to endure sufferings like those we are experiencing.
 Moreover, our hope for you remains staunch, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, you will also share in the encouragement.
Gospel (Matthew 5:1-12)
 Seeing the crowds, Yeshua walked up the hill. After he sat down, his talmidim came to him,  and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:  “How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
 “How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.  “How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!  “How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled.
 “How blessed are those who show mercy! for they will be shown mercy.  “How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God.  “How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.
 “How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  “How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me!
 Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
Sunday, June 06, 2021
First Reading (Exodus 24:3-8)
 Moshe came and told the people everything Adonai had said, including all the rulings. The people answered with one voice: “We will obey every word Adonai has spoken.”
 Moshe wrote down all the words of Adonai. He rose early in the morning, built an altar at the base of the mountain and set upright twelve large stones to represent the twelve tribes of Isra’el.
 He sent the young men of the people of Isra’el to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings of oxen to Adonai.  Moshe took half of the blood and put it in basins; the other half of the blood he splashed against the altar.
 Then he took the book of the covenant and read it aloud, so that the people could hear; and they responded, “Everything that Adonai has spoken, we will do and obey.”
 Moshe took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which Adonai has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
Second Reading (Hebrews 9:11-15)
 But when the Messiah appeared as cohen gadol of the good things that are happening already, then, through the greater and more perfect Tent which is not man-made (that is, it is not of this created world),  he entered the Holiest Place once and for all.
And he entered not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of his own blood, thus setting people free forever.
 For if sprinkling ceremonially unclean persons with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer restores their outward purity;  then how much more the blood of the Messiah, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself to God as a sacrifice without blemish, will purify our conscience from works that lead to death, so that we can serve the living God!
 It is because of this death that he is mediator of a new covenant [or will]. Because a death has occurred which sets people free from the transgressions committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.
Gospel (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26)
 On the first day for matzah, when they slaughtered the lamb for Pesach, Yeshua’s talmidim asked him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare your Seder?”  He sent two of his talmidim with these instructions: “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.
Follow him;  and whichever house he enters, tell him that the Rabbi says, ‘Where is the guest room for me, where I am to eat the Pesach meal with my talmidim?’  He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make the preparations there.”
 The talmidim went off, came to the city and found things just as he had told them they would be; and they prepared the Seder.  While they were eating, Yeshua took a piece of matzah, made the b’rakhah, broke it, gave it to them and said, “Take it! This is my body.”
 Also he took a cup of wine, made the b’rakhah, and gave it to them; and they all drank.  He said to them, “This is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many people.
 Yes! I tell you, I will not drink this ‘fruit of the vine’ again until the day I drink new wine in the Kingdom of God.”  After singing the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Saturday, June 05, 2021
Reading (Tobit 12:1-20)
 When the wedding feast was over, Tobit called his son Tobias and said to him, Son, be sure to pay your traveling companion, and don’t forget to give him a bonus.  Tobias asked him, Father, how much do you think I should pay him?
I wouldn’t mind giving him half of everything we brought back with us.  He brought me back home safe and sound; he went to get the money for me from Gabael; he rid my wife of a demon; and he cured your blindness.
How much of a bonus should I give him?  Tobit answered, Give him half of what he helped you bring back. He well deserves that.  Tobias then called Raphael and said to him, Here is half of what you helped me bring back. You have earned it; have a safe journey home.
 Then Raphael called the two men aside and said to them, Praise God and tell everyone about the good things he has done for you, so that they too will honor him and sing his praises. Let everyone know what God has done. Never stop praising him.
 It’s a good idea to keep a king’s secret, but what God does should be told everywhere, so that he may be praised and honored. If you do good, no harm will come to you.  It is better to pray sincerely and to please God by helping the poor than to be rich and dishonest. It is better to give to the poor than to store up gold.
 Such generosity will save you from death and will wash away all your sins. Those who give to the poor will live full lives,  but those who live a life of sin and wickedness are their own worst enemies.
 I have already told you that a king’s secret ought to be kept, but the things God does should be told to everyone. Now I will reveal to you the full truth and keep nothing back.  Tobit, when you and Sarah prayed to the Lord, I was the one who brought your prayers into his glorious presence.
I did the same thing each time you buried the dead.  On the day you got up from the table without eating your meal in order to bury that corpse, God sent me to test you.  But he also sent me to cure you and to rescue your daughter-in-law, Sarah, from her troubles.
 I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in the glorious presence of the Lord, ready to serve him.  Tobit and Tobias were terrified and fell to the ground, trembling with fear.  But Raphael said to them, Don’t be afraid; everything is all right. Always remember to praise God.
18] He wanted me to come and help you; I did not come on my own. So sing God’s praises as long as you live.  When you thought you saw me eating, I did not really eat anything; it only seemed so.  While you are on this earth, you must praise the Lord God and give him thanks. Now I must go back to him who sent me. Write down everything that has happened to you.
Gospel (Mark 12:38-44)
 As Yeshua was teaching in the Temple, he asked, “How is it that the Torah-teachers say the Messiah is the Son of David?  David himself, inspired by the Ruach HaKodesh, said, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
 David himself calls him ‘Lord’; so how is he his son?” The great crowd listened eagerly to him.
 As he taught them, he said, “Watch out for the kind of Torah-teachers who like to walk around in robes and be greeted deferentially in the marketplaces,  who like to have the best seats in the synagogues and take the places of honor at banquets,  who like to swallow up widows’ houses while making a show of davvening at great length.
Their punishment will be all the worse!”  Then Yeshua sat down opposite the Temple treasury and watched the crowd as they put money into the offering-boxes. Many rich people put in large sums,  but a poor widow came and put in two small coins.
 He called his talmidim to him and said to them, “Yes! I tell you, this poor widow has put more in the offering-box than all the others making donations.  For all of them, out of their wealth, have contributed money they can easily spare; but she, out of her poverty, has given everything she had to live on.”
Friday, June 04, 2021
Reading (Tobit 11:5-15)
 Meanwhile, Anna sat looking down the road for her son.  Suddenly she saw him coming and she shouted out to Tobit, Look! Our son is coming, and his friend is with him!  Before they reached Tobit, Raphael said to Tobias, Your father will be able to see again.
 Just put the fish’s gall bladder on his eyes like a plaster. The medicine will make the white film shrivel up so that you can peel it off, and your father will then regain his eyesight.  Anna ran to her son, threw her arms around him, and exclaimed, Now that I have seen you alive, my child, I can die in peace! And she wept for joy.
 Tobit got up and stumbled out through the entrance of the courtyard.  Tobias went up to him, holding the fish’s gall bladder in his hand. He blew on his father’s eyes and steadied him. Don’t worry now, father, he said.
[12-13] Tobias then applied the gall, and beginning from the corners of Tobit’s eyes, he peeled away the white film.  Tobit threw his arms around Tobias’ neck and wept for joy. Then he exclaimed, I can see you! My son, the light of my eyes! Praise God. Praise him for his greatness. Praise all his holy angels.
May he continue to bless us. Praise all his angels forever.  He brought this illness upon me, but now I can see my son Tobias. Then Tobias went happily into the house, praising God at the top of his voice. He told his father how successful he had been, that he had not only brought back the money, but had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah, who was on her way and would soon arrive.
Gospel (Mark 12:35-37)
 As Yeshua was teaching in the Temple, he asked, “How is it that the Torah-teachers say the Messiah is the Son of David?  David himself, inspired by the Ruach HaKodesh, said, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’ David himself calls him ‘Lord’; so how is he his son?” The great crowd listened eagerly to him.
Thursday, June 03, 2021
Reading (Tobit 4:20; 5:4; 6:10-11b; 7:1, 9-16; 8:1, 4-9)
 Tobias, I want you to know that I once left a large sum of money with Gabrias’ son, Gabael, at Rages in Media. [5:4] Tobias then went out to look for someone who knew the way to Media and would travel with him.
Almost as soon as he left the house, he found himself face-to-face with Raphael. Tobias did not know that Raphael was an angel of God, [6:10] Raphael said, Tobias, my friend. Yes, what is it? Tobias asked. Raphael continued, Tonight we will stay at the home of your relative Raguel.
He has only one child, a daughter named Sarah,  and since you are her closest relative, you have the right to marry her. You also have the right to inherit all her father’s property. When Tobias and the angel Raphael had entered the city of Ecbatana, Tobias said, [7:1] Azarias, my friend, take me to see Raguel as quickly as you can.
The angel brought him to Raguel’s house, where they found him sitting at the entrance to his courtyard. Raphael and Tobias greeted him first; then he replied,  Come in, my friends. You are welcome in my home. Raguel brought them into his house But Raguel overheard the question and said to Tobias,  Eat and drink something first and enjoy yourself this evening.
You have the right to marry Sarah, and I cannot let anyone else marry her, because you are my closest relative. But I must tell you the truth, my son.  I have already given her to seven men, all of them relatives.
Each one died on his wedding night, as soon as he entered the bedroom. But now, my son, have something to eat and drink. The Lord will take care of you both. Tobias replied, I won’t eat or drink until you give me your word.
 Raguel agreed. Certainly I will, he said. I will give her to you just as the Law of Moses commands. God in heaven has arranged this marriage, so take her as your wife. From now on, you belong to each other.
Sarah is yours today and forever. May the Lord of heaven keep both of you safe tonight. May he be merciful and kind to you.  Then Raguel called his daughter. When she came in, he took her by the hand and gave her to Tobias with his blessing, Take her to be your wife according to the teachings in the Law of Moses.
Take her safely with you to your father’s house. May the God of heaven give you a happy life together.  Raguel asked his wife to bring him a blank scroll so that he could write out the marriage contract. Edna brought him the scroll, and Raguel wrote out the agreement, saying that Sarah was given to Tobias according to the teachings in the Law of Moses.
 After the ceremony they began the meal.  Raguel called his wife and said, Get the spare room ready, my dear, and take Sarah there. [8:1] When they had finished the meal, and it was time to go to bed, Sarah’s parents led young Tobias to the bedroom.
 When Tobias and Sarah were alone behind closed doors, Tobias got up from the bed and said to his wife, Get up, dear. Let’s pray for the Lord to be merciful and to protect us.  Sarah got up so that they could pray together and ask God for his protection.
Then Tobias prayed: God of our ancestors, you are worthy of praise. May your name be honored forever and ever by all your creatures in heaven and on earth.  You created Adam and gave him his wife Eve to be his helper and support.
They became the parents of the whole human race. You said, It is not good for man to live alone. I will make a suitable helper for him.  Lord, I have chosen Sarah because it is right, not because I lusted for her.
Please be merciful to us and grant that we may grow old together.  Then they both said Amen  and went to bed for the night. Later that night, Raguel called his servants, and together they went out to dig a grave,
Gospel (Mark 12.28-34)
 One of the Torah-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua answered them well, he asked him, “Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?”
 Yeshua answered, “The most important is, ‘Sh’ma Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, O Isra’el, the Lord our God, the Lord is one],  and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’
 The second is this: ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other mitzvah greater than these.”
 The Torah-teacher said to him, “Well said, Rabbi; you speak the truth when you say that he is one, and that there is no other besides him;  and that loving him with all one’s heart, understanding and strength, and loving one’s neighbor as oneself, mean more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
 When Yeshua saw that he responded sensibly, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared put to him another sh’eilah.
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
Reading (Tobit 3:1-6a, 7-10a, 11-13, 15b-17a)
 I was so embarrassed and ashamed that I sighed and began to cry. Then, as I choked back my tears, I prayed:  You are righteous, O Lord! You are merciful[a] in all you do, faithful in all your ways. You are the judge of this world.
[3-4] I beg you, treat me with kindness. Do not punish me for my sins, not even for sins of which I am unaware. My ancestors rebelled and disobeyedyour commands, but do not punish me for their sins. You let our people be plundered, taken captive and killed.
You made an example of our people, an object of contempt and disgrace in all the nations where you scattered us. You have often judged my ancestors for their sins and punished me for mine. We were disloyal and rejected your commands, so our punishment has always been just.  Now treat me as you please.
Take my life away and free me from this world; let my body return to the earth. I would be better off dead. I am tormented by insults I don’t deserve, and weighed down with despair. Lord, give the command— bring all my troubles to an end, take me to my eternal rest.
Don’t reject my prayer. I would rather die than live in misery and face such cruel insults.  That same day in the city of Ecbatana in Media, it happened that Sarah, the daughter of a man named Raguel, was insulted by one of her father’s servant women.
 Sarah had been married seven times, but the evil demon, Asmodeus, killed each husband before the marriage could be consummated. The servant woman said to Sarah, You husband killer! Look at you! You’ve already had seven husbands, but not one of them lived long enough to give you a son. Why should you take it out on us?
Why don’t you go and join your dead husbands? I hope we never see a child of yours!  Sarah was so depressed that she burst into tears and went upstairs determined to hang herself. But when she thought it over, she said to herself, No, I won’t do it! People would insult my father and say, You had only one child, a daughter whom you loved dearly, but she hanged herself because she felt so miserable.
Such grief would bring my gray-haired father to his grave, and I would be responsible. I won’t kill myself; I’ll just beg the Lord to let me die. Then I won’t have to listen to those insults any longer!
 Then Sarah stood by the window, raised her arms in prayer, and said, God of mercy, worthy of our praise, may your name always be honored, may all your creation praise you forever.  Lord, I look to you for help.
 Speak the word and set me free from this life; then I will no longer have to hear these insults.  Never have I disgraced myself or my father’s name, as long as we have lived in this land of exile. My father has no other child to be his heir, and there is no relative[a] whom I can marry.
I have already lost seven husbands, so why should I live any longer? But if it is not your will to take my life, at least show mercy to me. Don’t let me hear those insults again!  As Tobit and Sarah were praying, God in heaven heard their prayers  and sent his angel Raphael to help them.
He was sent to remove the white film from Tobit’s eyes, so that he could see again, and to arrange a marriage between Sarah and Tobit’s son Tobias, who, as her cousin, had the right to marry her.
Raphael was also ordered to expel the demon Asmodeus from Sarah. At the very moment that Tobit went back into his house from the courtyard, Sarah, in her house in Ecbatana, was coming downstairs.
Gospel (Mark 12:18-27)
 Then some Tz’dukim came to him. They are the ones who say there is no such thing as resurrection, so they put to him a sh’eilah:  “Rabbi, Moshe wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and have children to preserve the man’s family line.
 There were seven brothers. The first one took a wife, and when he died, he left no children.  Then the second one took her and died without leaving children, and the third likewise,  and none of the seven left children. Last of all, the woman also died.
 In the Resurrection, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.”  Yeshua said to them, “Isn’t this the reason that you go astray? because you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God?
 For when people rise from the dead, neither men nor women marry — they are like angels in heaven.  And as for the dead being raised, haven’t you read in the book of Moshe, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya‘akov’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living! You are going far astray!”
Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Reading (Tobit 2:9-14; 3:1)
 That night I washed, so as to purify myself, and went out into my courtyard to sleep by the wall. It was a hot night, and I did not pull the cover up over my head.  Sparrows were on the wall right above me, but I did not know it.
Their warm droppings fell into my eyes, causing a white film to form on them. I went to one doctor after another, but the more they treated me with their medicines, the worse my eyes became, until finally I was completely blind. For four years I could see nothing.
My relatives were deeply concerned about my condition, and Ahikar supported me for two years before he went to the land of Elam.  After Ahikar left, my wife Anna had to go to work, so she took up weaving, like many other women.
 The people she worked for would pay her when she delivered the cloth. One spring day, she cut a finished piece of cloth from the loom and took it to the people who had ordered it. They paid her the full price and also gave her a goat.
 When Anna came home with the goat, it began to bleat. I called out, Where did that goat come from? You stole it, didn’t you? Take it straight back to its owners. It’s not right to eat stolen food!  No! she replied.
It was given to me as a gift in addition to what I got for the cloth. But I didn’t believe her, and I blushed for shame for what she had done. I ordered her to return the goat to its owners, but she had the last word.
Now I see what you are really like! she shouted. Where is all that concern of yours for others? What about all those good deeds you used to do? [3:1] I was so embarrassed and ashamed that I sighed and began to cry. Then, as I choked back my tears, I prayed:
Gospel (Mark 12:13-17)
 Next they sent some P’rushim and some members of Herod’s party to him in order to trap him with a sh’eilah.  They came and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you tell the truth and are not concerned with what people think about you, since you pay no attention to a person’s status but really teach what God’s way is.
Does Torah say that taxes are to be paid to the Roman Emperor, or not?”  But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you trying to trap me? Bring me a denarius so I can look at it.”  They brought one; and he asked them, “Whose name and picture are these?” “The Emperor’s,” they replied.
 Yeshua said, “Give the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor. And give to God what belongs to God!” And they were amazed at him.