DAILY READING-1

Monday, May 10, 2021

Reading (Acts 16:11-15)

[11] Sailing from Troas, we made a straight run to Samothrace; the next day we went to Neapolis; [12] and from there, we went on to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that part of Macedonia.

We spent a few days in this city; [13] then on Shabbat, we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we understood a minyan met. We sat down and began speaking to the women who had gathered there.

[14] One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in fine purple cloth. She was already a “God-fearer,” and the Lord opened up her heart to respond to what Sha’ul was saying.

[15] After she and the members of her household had been immersed, she gave us this invitation: “If you consider me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she insisted till we went.

Gospel (John 15:26-27; 16: 1-4a)

[26] “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf. [27] And you testify too, because you have been with me from the outset.

[16:1] “I have told you these things so that you won’t be caught by surprise. [2] They will ban you from the synagogue; in fact, the time will come when anyone who kills you will think he is serving God!

[3] They will do these things because they have understood neither the Father nor me. [4] But I have told you this, so that when the time comes for it to happen, you will remember that I told you. I didn’t tell you this at first, because I was with you.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

First Reading (Acts 9:26-31)

[26] On reaching Yerushalayim, he tried to join the talmidim; but they were all afraid of him — they didn’t believe he was a talmid. [27] However, Bar-Nabba got hold of him and took him to the emissaries.

He told them how Sha’ul had seen the Lord while traveling, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Dammesek Sha’ul had spoken out boldly in the name of Yeshua. [28] So he remained with them and went all over Yerushalayim continuing to speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.

[29] He talked and debated with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they began making attempts to kill him. [30] When the brothers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

[31] Then the Messianic community throughout Y’hudah, the Galil and Shomron enjoyed peace and was built up. They lived in the fear of the Lord, with the counsel of the Ruach HaKodesh; and their numbers kept multiplying.

Second Reading (1 John 3:18-24)

[18] Children, let us love not with words and talk, but with actions and in reality! [19] Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence: [20] if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

[21] Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; [22] then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.

[23] This is his command: that we are to trust in the person and power of his Son Yeshua the Messiah and to keep loving one another, just as he commanded us.

[24] Those who obey his commands remain united with him and he with them. Here is how we know that he remains united with us: by the Spirit whom he gave us.

Gospel (John 15:1-8)

[1] “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. [2] Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.

[3] Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. [4] Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.

[5] “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing.

[6] Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up. [7] “If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you.

[8] This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim. [9] “Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love.

[10] If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love. [11] I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Reading (Acts 16:1-10)

[1] Sha’ul came down to Derbe and went on to Lystra, where there lived a talmid named Timothy. He was the son of a Jewish woman who had come to trust, and a Greek father. [2] All the brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy.

[3] Sha’ul wanted Timothy to accompany him; so he took him and did a b’rit-milah, because of the Jews living in those areas; for they all knew that his father had been a Greek.

[4] As they went on through the towns, they delivered to the people the decisions reached by the emissaries and the elders in Yerushalayim for them to observe. [5] Accordingly, the congregations were strengthened in the faith and increased in number day by day.

[6] They traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, because they had been prevented by the Ruach HaKodesh from speaking the message in the province of Asia. [7] When they came to the frontier of Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit of Yeshua would not let them.

[8] So, after passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. [9] There a vision appeared to Sha’ul at night. A man from Macedonia was standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!”

[10] As soon as he had seen the vision, we lost no time getting ready to leave for Macedonia; for we concluded that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Gospel (John 15:18-21)

[18] “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first.[19] If you belonged to the world, the world would have loved its own. But because you do not belong to the world — on the contrary, I have picked you out of the world — therefore the world hates you.

[20] Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours too. [21] But they will do all this to you on my account, because they don’t know the One who sent me.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Reading (Acts 15:22-31)

[22]  Then the emissaries and the elders, together with the whole Messianic community, decided to select men from among themselves to send to Antioch with Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba.

They sent Y’hudah, called Bar-Sabba, and Sila, both leading men among the brothers, [23] with the following letter: From: The emissaries and the elders, your brothers To: The brothers from among the Gentiles throughout Antioch, Syria and Cilicia Greetings!

[24] We have heard that some people went out from among us without our authorization, and that they have upset you with their talk, unsettling your minds. [25] So we have decided unanimously to select men and send them to you with our dear friends Bar-Nabba and Sha’ul, [26] who have dedicated their lives to upholding the name of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah.

[27] So we have sent Y’hudah and Sila, and they will confirm in person what we are writing. [28] For it seemed good to the Ruach HaKodesh and to us not to lay any heavier burden on you than the following requirements: [29] to abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication.

If you keep yourselves from these, you will be doing the right thing. Shalom! [30] The messengers were sent off and went to Antioch, where they gathered the group together and delivered the letter. 31 After reading it, the people were delighted by its encouragement.

Gospel (John 15:12-17)

[12] “This is my command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. [13] No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends, if you do what I command you.

[15] I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

[16] You did not choose me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in my name he may give you. [17] This is what I command you: keep loving each other!

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Reading (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

[1] I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes his Kingdom: [2] proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not.

Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching. [3] For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.

[4] Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths. [5] But you, remain steady in every situation, endure suffering, do the work that a proclaimer of the Good News should, and do everything your service to God requires.

Gospel (John 10:11-16)

[11] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. [12] The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away.

Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. [13] The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep.

[14]  am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — [15] just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep.

[16] Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Reading (Acts 15:1-6)

[1] But some men came down from Y’hudah to Antioch and began teaching the brothers, “You can’t be saved unless you undergo b’rit-milah in the manner prescribed by Moshe.” [2] This brought them into no small measure of discord and dispute with Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba.

So the congregation assigned Sha’ul, Bar-Nabba and some of themselves to go and put this sh’eilah before the emissaries and the elders up in Yerushalayim. [3] After being sent off by the congregation, they made their way through Phoenicia and Shomron, recounting in detail how the Gentiles had turned to God; and this news brought great joy to all the brothers.

[4] On arrival in Yerushalayim, they were welcomed by the Messianic community, including the emissaries and the elders; and they reported what God had done through them.

[5] But some of those who had come to trust were from the party of the P’rushim; and they stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Torah of Moshe.” [6] The emissaries and the elders met to look into this matter.

Gospel (John 15:1-8)

[1] “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. [2] Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. [3] Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.

[4] Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me. [5] “I am the vine and you are the branches.

Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. [6] Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up.

Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up. [7] “If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. [8] This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Reading (Acts 14:19-28)

[19] Then some unbelieving Jews came from Antioch and Iconium. They won over the crowds, stoned Sha’ul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. [20] But as the talmidim gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town.

The next day, he left with Bar-Nabba for Derbe. [21] After proclaiming the Good News in that city and making many people into talmidim, they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, [22] strengthening the talmidim, encouraging them to remain true to the faith, and reminding them that it is through many hardships that we must enter the Kingdom of God.

[23] After appointing elders for them in every congregation, Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord in whom they had put their trust. [24] Passing through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

[25] After speaking the message in Perga, they came down to Attalia; and from there, they sailed back to Antioch, [26] the place where they had been handed over to the care of God for the work which they had now completed.

[27] When they arrived, they gathered the Messianic community together and reported what God had done through them, that he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28 And they stayed for some time there with the talmidim.

Gospel (John 14:27-31a)

[27]  “What I am leaving with you is shalom — I am giving you my shalom. I don’t give the way the world gives. Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened. [28] You heard me tell you, ‘I am leaving, and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would have been glad that I am going to the Father; because the Father is greater than I.

[29] “Also, I have said it to you now, before it happens; so that when it does happen, you will trust. [30] “I won’t be talking with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me; [31] rather, this is happening so that the world may know that I love the Father, and that I do as the Father has commanded me. “Get up! Let’s get going!

Monday, May 03, 2021

Reading (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

[1] Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, [2] and by which you are being saved — provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you.

For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. [3] For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; [4] and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; [5] and he was seen by Kefa, then by the Twelve; [6] and afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, though some have died.

[7] Later he was seen by Ya‘akov, then by all the emissaries; [8] and last of all he was seen by me, even though I was born at the wrong time.

Gospel (John 14:6-14)

[6] Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me. [7] Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him.”

[8] Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough for us.” [9] Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

[10] Don’t you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me? What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works.

[11] Trust me, that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves. [12] Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works I do!

Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father. [13] In fact, whatever you ask for in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If you ask me for something in my name, I will do it.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

First Reading (Acts 9:26-31)

[26] On reaching Yerushalayim, he tried to join the talmidim; but they were all afraid of him — they didn’t believe he was a talmid. [27] However, Bar-Nabba got hold of him and took him to the emissaries.

He told them how Sha’ul had seen the Lord while traveling, that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Dammesek Sha’ul had spoken out boldly in the name of Yeshua. [28] So he remained with them and went all over Yerushalayim continuing to speak out boldly in the name of the Lord.

[29] He talked and debated with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they began making attempts to kill him. [30] When the brothers learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

[31] Then the Messianic community throughout Y’hudah, the Galil and Shomron enjoyed peace and was built up. They lived in the fear of the Lord, with the counsel of the Ruach HaKodesh; and their numbers kept multiplying.

Second Reading (1 John 3:18-24)

[18] Children, let us love not with words and talk, but with actions and in reality! [9] Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence: [20] if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

[21] Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; [22] then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.

[23] This is his command: that we are to trust in the person and power of his Son Yeshua the Messiah and to keep loving one another, just as he commanded us.

[24] Those who obey his commands remain united with him and he with them. Here is how we know that he remains united with us: by the Spirit whom he gave us.

Gospel (John 15:1-8)

[1] “I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. [2] Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit.

[3] Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. [4] Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.

[5] “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. [6] Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up.

Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up. [7] “If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you.

[8] This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Reading (Acts 13:44-52)

[44]  The next Shabbat, nearly the whole city gathered together to hear the message about the Lord; [45] but when the Jews who had not believed saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and spoke up against what Sha’ul was saying and insulted him.

[46] However, Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba answered boldly: “It was necessary that God’s word be spoken first to you. But since you are rejecting it and are judging yourselves unworthy of eternal life — why, we’re turning to the Goyim!

[47] For that is what Adonai has ordered us to do: ‘I have set you as a light for the Goyim, to be for deliverance to the ends of the earth.’ ” [48] The Gentiles were very happy to hear this. They honored the message about the Lord, and as many as had been appointed to eternal life came to trust.

[49] And the message about the Lord was carried throughout the whole region. [50] But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the women ‘God-fearers’ of high social standing and the leading men of the city, and they organized persecution against Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba and expelled them from their district.

[51] However, Sha’ul and Bar-Nabba shook off the dust of their feet against them and went on to Iconium; [52] and the talmidim were filled with joy and with the Ruach HaKodesh.

Gospel (John 14:7-14)

[7] Because you have known me, you will also know my Father; from now on, you do know him — in fact, you have seen him.” [8] Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough for us.”

[9] Yeshua replied to him, “Have I been with you so long without your knowing me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? [10] Don’t you believe that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me?

What I am telling you, I am not saying on my own initiative; the Father living in me is doing his own works. [11] Trust me, that I am united with the Father, and the Father united with me. But if you can’t, then trust because of the works themselves.

[12] Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever trusts in me will also do the works I do! Indeed, he will do greater ones, because I am going to the Father. [13] In fact, whatever you ask for in my name, I will do; so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If you ask me for something in my name, I will do it.

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