Monday, May 31, 2021
Reading (Zephaniah 3.14-18)
 Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!  Adonai has removed the judgments against you, he has expelled your enemy; the king of Isra’el, Adonai, is right there with you.
You no longer need to fear that anything bad will happen.  On that day, it will be said to Yerushalayim, “Do not fear, Tziyon! don’t let your hands droop down.  Adonai your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior.
He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shout over you with joy.”  “I will gather those of yours who grieve over the appointed feasts and bear the burden of reproach [because they cannot keep them].
Gospel (Luke 1.39-56)
 Without delay, Miryam set out and hurried to the town in the hill country of Y’hudah  where Z’kharyah lived, entered his house and greeted Elisheva.  When Elisheva heard Miryam’s greeting, the baby in her womb stirred.
Elisheva was filled with the Ruach HaKodesh  and spoke up in a loud voice, “How blessed are you among women! And how blessed is the child in your womb!  “But who am I, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
 For as soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy!  Indeed you are blessed, because you have trusted that the promise Adonai has made to you will be fulfilled.”
 Then Miryam said, “My soul magnifies Adonai;  and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior,  who has taken notice of his servant-girl in her humble position. For — imagine it! — from now on, all generations will call me blessed!  “The Mighty One has done great things for me!
Indeed, his name is holy;  and in every generation he has mercy on those who fear him.  “He has performed mighty deeds with his arm, routed the secretly proud,  brought down rulers from their thrones, raised up the humble,  filled the hungry with good things, but sent the rich away empty.
 “He has taken the part of his servant Isra’el, mindful of the mercy  which he promised to our fathers, to Avraham and his seed forever.”  Miryam stayed with Elisheva for about three months and then returned home.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
First Reading (Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40)
 “Indeed, inquire about the past, before you were born: since the day God created human beings on the earth, from one end of heaven to the other, has there ever been anything as wonderful as this? Has anyone heard anything like it?
 Did any other people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of a fire, as you have heard, and stay alive?  Or has God ever tried to go and take for himself a nation from the very bowels of another nation, by means of ordeals, signs, wonders, war, a mighty hand, an outstretched arm and great terrors — like all that Adonai your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
 know today, and establish it in your heart, that Adonai is God in heaven above and on earth below — there is no other.  Therefore, you are to keep his laws and mitzvot which I am giving you today, so that it will go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days in the land Adonai your God is giving you forever.”
Second Reading (Romans 8:14-17)
 All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.  For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to bring you back again into fear; on the contrary, you received the Spirit, who makes us sons and by whose power we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”).
 The Spirit himself bears witness with our own spirits that we are children of God;  and if we are children, then we are also heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Messiah — provided we are suffering with him in order also to be glorified with him.
Gospel (Matthew 28:16-20)
 So the eleven talmidim went to the hill in the Galil where Yeshua had told them to go.  When they saw him, they prostrated themselves before him; but some hesitated.  Yeshua came and talked with them.
He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son and the Ruach HaKodesh,  and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.”
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Reading (Sirach 51:12-20)
 and saved me from the threat of destruction. And so I thank you and praise you. O Lord, I praise you!  When I was still young, before I started out on my travels, I boldly prayed for Wisdom.  I went to the Temple and asked for her, and I will look for her as long as I live.
 From my blossoming youth to my ripe old age she has been my delight. I have followed directly in her path ever since I was young.  I received Wisdom as soon as I began listening for her, and I have been rewarded with great knowledge.
 I have always been a learner and am grateful to everyone who has been my teacher.  I was determined to live wisely and was devoted to the cause of goodness. I have no regrets.  I fought for Wisdom and was strict in my conduct.
When I prayed, I sadly confessed how far short of Wisdom I fell.  But I was determined to have her, and I found her by keeping myself free from sin. I have grown in Wisdom since first I found her, and I will never be without her.
Gospel (Mark 11:27-33)
 They went back into Yerushalayim; and as he was walking in the Temple courts, there came to him the head cohanim, the Torah-teachers and the elders;  and they said to him, “What s’mikhah do you have that authorizes you to do these things?
Who gave you this s’mikhah authorizing you to do them?”  Yeshua said to them, “I will ask you just one question: answer me, and I will tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things.  The immersion of Yochanan — was it from Heaven or from a human source? Answer me.”
 They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From Heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’  But if we say, ‘From a human source, . . . ’” — they were afraid of the people, for they all regarded Yochanan as a genuine prophet.
 So they answered Yeshua, “We don’t know.” “Then,” he replied, “I won’t tell you by what s’mikhah I do these things.”
Friday, May 28, 2021
Reading (Sirach 44:1, 8-13)
 So let us now give praise to godlymen, our ancestors of generations past,  Some of them left a reputation, and people still praise them today.
 There are others who are not remembered, as if they had never lived, who died and were forgotten, they, and their children after them.  But we will praise these godly men, whose righteous deeds have never been forgotten.
 Their reputations will be passed on to their descendants, and this will be their inheritance.  Their descendants continue to keep the covenant and always will, because of what their ancestors did.  Their family line will go on forever, and their fame will never fade.
Gospel (Mark 11:11-25)
 Yeshua entered Yerushalayim, went into the Temple courts and took a good look at everything; but since it was now late, he went out with the Twelve to Beit-Anyah.  The next day, as they came back from Beit-Anyah, he felt hungry.
 Spotting in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came up to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it wasn’t fig season.  He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And his talmidim heard what he said.
 On reaching Yerushalayim, he entered the Temple courts and began driving out those who were carrying on business there, both the merchants and their customers. He also knocked over the desks of the money-changers, upset the benches of the pigeon-dealers,  and refused to let anyone carry merchandise through the Temple courts.
 Then, as he taught them, he said, “Isn’t it written in the Tanakh, My house will be called a house of prayer for all the Goyim But you have made it into a den of robbers!” The head cohanim and the Torah-teachers heard what he said and tried to find a way to do away with him; they were afraid of him, because the crowds were utterly taken by his teaching.
 When evening came, they left the city.  In the morning, as the talmidim passed by, they saw the fig tree withered all the way to its roots.  Kefa remembered and said to Yeshua, “Rabbi! Look! The fig tree that you cursed has dried up!”
 He responded, “Have the kind of trust that comes from God!  Yes! I tell you that whoever does not doubt in his heart but trusts that what he says will happen can say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea!’ and it will be done for him.
 Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, trust that you are receiving it, and it will be yours.  And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive your offenses.”
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Reading (Sirach 42:15-25)
 Now I will remind you of the works of the Lord and describe the things I have seen. The words of the Lord brought his works into being, and the whole creation obeys his commands.  The light of the sun shines down on everything, and everything is filled with the Lord’s glory.
 Not even to his holy angels has the Lord given power to describe all his mighty deeds, even though he has given them power to stand unharmed in his glorious presence.  He sees into the oceans and into the human heart, and he knows the secrets of both.
The Most High knows everything that can be known and understands the signs of the ages.  He knows all that has ever been and all that ever will be; he uncovers the deepest of mysteries.  He takes notice of our every thought and hears our every word.
 The orderly world shows the greatness of his wisdom; he is the same forever and ever.Nothing can be added to him, and nothing taken away; he needs no one to give him advice.  All his works are beautiful, down to the smallest and faintest spark of light.
 All these things go on forever, and all of them have their purpose.  All things are in pairs, each the opposite of the other, but nothing the Lord made is incomplete.  Everything completes the goodness of something else. Could anyone ever see enough of this splendor?
Gospel (Mark 10:46-52)
 They came to Yericho; and as Yeshua was leaving Yericho with his talmidim and a great crowd, a blind beggar, Bar-Timai (son of Timai), was sitting by the side of the road.  When he heard that it was Yeshua from Natzeret, he started shouting, “Yeshua! Son of David! Have pity on me!”
 Many people scolded him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the louder, “Son of David! Have pity on me!”  Yeshua stopped and said, “Call him over!” They called to the blind man, “Courage! Get up! He’s calling for you!”
 Throwing down his blanket, he jumped up and came over to Yeshua.  “What do you want me to do for you?” asked Yeshua. The blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me be able to see again.”  Yeshua said to him, “Go! Your trust has healed you.” Instantly he received his sight and followed him on the road.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Reading (Sirach 36:1-2, 5-6, 13-22)
 O Lord God of the universe, look upon us and have mercy.  Make every nation stand in fear of you.  Let them learn, as we have learned, that there is no God, O Lord, but you.  Give new signs, perform new miracles; show us your glorious strength!
 Take pity on Jerusalem, your holy city, where you chose to stay.  Fill your Temple on Mount Zion with your glory and with hymns of praise.  Testify for your people, whom you created in the beginning; fulfill the prophecies that have been spoken in your name.
 Reward those who have put their faith in you, and vindicate your prophets.  You have always been gracious to your people; listen to your servants as we pray. Then everyone on earth will recognize that you are the Lord, the God of the ages.
 Any kind of food can be eaten, but some foods are better than others.  And just as the tongue can distinguish the flavors of different kinds of meat, so a sharp mind can detect lies.  A person with a warped mind causes trouble, but an experienced person knows how to pay it back.
 A woman has to take any man as a husband, but a man must choose his wife carefully.  A woman’s beauty makes a man happy; there is no fairer sight for the human eye to see.
Gospel (Mark 10:32-45)
 They were on the road going up to Yerushalayim. Yeshua was walking ahead of them, and they were amazed — and those following were afraid. So again taking the Twelve along with him, he began telling them what was about to happen to him.
 “We are now going up to Yerushalayim, where the Son of Man will be handed over to the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers. They will sentence him to death and turn him over to the Goyim,  who will jeer at him, spit on him, beat him and kill him; but after three days, he will rise.”
 Ya‘akov and Yochanan, the sons of Zavdai, came up to him and said, “Rabbi, we would like you to do us a favor.”  He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  They replied, “When you are in your glory, let us sit with you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
 But Yeshua answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup that I am drinking? or be immersed with the immersion that I must undergo?”  They said to him, “We can.” Yeshua replied, “The cup that I am drinking, you will drink; and the immersion I am being immersed with, you will undergo.
 But to sit on my right and on my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”  When the other ten heard about this, they became outraged at Ya‘akov and Yochanan.
 But Yeshua called them to him and said to them, “You know that among the Goyim, those who are supposed to rule them become tyrants, and their superiors become dictators.  But among you, it must not be like that!
On the contrary, whoever among you wants to be a leader must be your servant;  and whoever wants to be first among you must become everyone’s slave!  For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve — and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Reading (Sirach 35:1-15)
 Keeping the Law is worth many offerings; it is a fellowship offering in itself.  Returning a kindness is like a grain offering; giving to the poor is like a thanksgiving offering.  Keeping away from sin will please the Lord and make atonement for sin.
 But don’t come to the Temple without an offering;  the Law requires that you bring one.  When someone righteous offers a sacrifice and the fat drips down on the altar, a pleasant smell rises to the Most High.
 The Lord will accept the offerings made by a righteous person and will not forget them.  Praise the Lord by making generous offerings to him; don’t be stingy with the first of your crops.  Be cheerful with every gift you make, and when you pay your tithes, do it gladly.
 Give to the Most High as he has given to you, just as generously as you can.  The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.  But don’t try to bribe him or rely on offerings that you have obtained dishonestly.
He will not accept them. The Lord is fairand does not show partiality.  He is not prejudiced against the poor; when someone prays who has been wronged, the Lord listens.  When orphans and widows pour out their prayers, he does not ignore them.
 The tears running down a widow’s cheek cry out in accusation against the one who has caused her distress.
Gospel (Mark 10:28-31)
 Kefa began saying to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”
 Yeshua said, “Yes! I tell you that there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the Good News,  who will not receive a hundred times over, now, in the ‘olam hazeh, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands — with persecutions! — and in the ‘olam haba, eternal life.
 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first!”
Monday, May 24, 2021
Reading (Genesis 3:9-15, 20)
 Adonai, God, called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself.”  He said, “Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?”  The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”  Adonai, God, said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me, so I ate.”  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.
 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.”  The man called his wife Havah [life], because she was the mother of all living.
Gospel (John 19:25-27)
 Nearby Yeshua’s execution stake stood his mother, his mother’s sister Miryam the wife of K’lofah, and Miryam from Magdala.
 When Yeshua saw his mother and the talmid whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Mother, this is your son.”  Then he said to the talmid, “This is your mother.” And from that time on, the talmid took her into his own home
Sunday, May 23, 2021
First Reading (Acts 2:1-11)
 The festival of Shavu‘ot arrived, and the believers all gathered together in one place.  Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
 Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire, which separated and came to rest on each one of them.  They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
 Now there were staying in Yerushalayim religious Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd gathered; they were confused, because each one heard the believers speaking in his own language.
 Totally amazed, they asked, “How is this possible? Aren’t all these people who are speaking from the Galil?  How is it that we hear them speaking in our native languages?
9] We are Parthians, Medes, Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Y’hudah, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia,  Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome;  Jews by birth and proselytes; Jews from Crete and from Arabia. . . !
How is it that we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things God has done?”
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13)
 Therefore, I want to make it clear to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says, “Yeshua is cursed!” and no one can say, “Yeshua is Lord,” except by the Ruach HaKodesh.  Now there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
 Also there are different ways of serving, but it is the same Lord being served.  And there are different modes of working, but it is the same God working them all in everyone.
 Moreover, to each person is given the particular manifestation of the Spirit that will be for the common good.  For just as the body is one but has many parts; and all the parts of the body, though many, constitute one body; so it is with the Messiah.
 For it was by one Spirit that we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free; and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Gospel (John 20:19-23)
 In the evening that same day, the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!”
 Having greeted them, he showed them his hands and his side. The talmidim were overjoyed to see the Lord.  “Shalom aleikhem!” Yeshua repeated. “Just as the Father sent me, I myself am also sending you.”
 Having said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Ruach HaKodesh!  If you forgive someone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you hold them, they are held.”
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Reading (Acts 28:16-20, 30-31)
 And when we arrived at Rome, the officer allowed Sha’ul to stay by himself, though guarded by a soldier.  After three days Sha’ul called a meeting of the local Jewish leaders.
When they had gathered, he said to them: “Brothers, although I have done nothing against either our people or the traditions of our fathers, I was made a prisoner in Yerushalayim and handed over to the Romans.
 They examined me and were ready to release me, because I had done nothing to justify a death sentence.  But when the Judeans objected, I was forced to appeal to the Emperor — not that I had any charge to make against my own people.
 This is why I have asked to see you and speak with you, for it is because of the hope of Isra’el that I have this chain around me.”
Gospel (John 21:20-25)
 Kefa turned and saw the talmid Yeshua especially loved following behind, the one who had leaned against him at the supper and had asked, “Who is the one who is betraying you?”  On seeing him, Kefa said to Yeshua, “Lord, what about him?”
 Yeshua said to him, “If I want him to stay on until I come, what is it to you? You, follow me!”  Therefore the word spread among the brothers that that talmid would not die. However, Yeshua didn’t say he wouldn’t die, but simply, “If I want him to stay on until I come, what is it to you?”
 This one is the talmid who is testifying about these things and who has recorded them. And we know that his testimony is true.  But there are also many other things Yeshua did; and if they were all to be recorded, I don’t think the whole world could contain the books that would have to be written!
Friday, May 21, 2021
Reading (Acts 24:27; 25:13b-21)
 After two years, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus; but because Felix wanted to grant the Judeans a favor, he left Sha’ul still a prisoner.  After some days, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus.
 Since they were staying on there for some time, Festus had the opportunity to acquaint the king with Sha’ul’s situation. “There is a man here,” he said, “who was left behind in custody by Felix.  When I was in Yerushalayim, the head cohanim and the elders of the Judeans informed me about him and asked me to pronounce judgment against him.
 My answer to them was that it is not the custom with Romans to give up an accused man just to grant a favor, before he has met his accusers face to face and had the opportunity to defend himself against the charge.
 So when they arrived here with me, I did not delay, but took my seat in court the next day and ordered the man brought in.  “When the accusers stood up, instead of charging him with some serious crime as I had expected,  they disputed with him about certain points of their own religion, and particularly about somebody called Yeshua, who had died, but who Sha’ul claimed was alive.
 Being at a loss as to how to investigate such questions, I asked him if he would be willing to go to Yerushalayim and be tried on these matters there.  But since Sha’ul appealed to be kept in custody and have his case decided by His Imperial Majesty, I ordered him held until I could send him to the Emperor.”
Gospel (John 21:15-19)
 After breakfast, Yeshua said to Shim‘on Kefa, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, do you love me more than these?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
 A second time he said to him, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, do you love me?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend.” He said to him, “Shepherd my sheep.”  The third time he said to him, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, are you my friend?”
Shim‘on was hurt that he questioned him a third time: “Are you my friend?” So he replied, “Lord, you know everything! You know I’m your friend!” Yeshua said to him, “Feed my sheep!  Yes, indeed! I tell you, when you were younger, you put on your clothes and went where you wanted.
But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”  He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Kefa would bring glory to God. Then Yeshua said to him, “Follow me!”