Saturday, January 16, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 4:12-16)
See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.
 Before God, nothing created is hidden, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.
 Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true.
 For we do not have a cohen gadol unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that he did not sin.
 Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.
Gospel (Mark 2: 13-17)
 Yeshua went out again by the lake. All the crowd came to him, and he began teaching them.  As he passed on from there, he saw Levi Ben-Halfai sitting in his tax-collection booth and said to him, “Follow me!” And he got up and followed him.
 As Yeshua was in Levi’s house eating, many tax-collectors and sinners were sitting with Yeshua and his talmidim, for there were many of them among his followers.
 When the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his talmidim, “Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?”
 But, hearing the question, Yeshua answered them, “The ones who need a doctor aren’t the healthy but the sick. I didn’t come to call the ‘righteous’ but sinners!”
Friday, January 15, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 4:1-5, 11)
[41 Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering his rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it;  for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them.
But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust.  For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest. It is just as he said, “And in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.”
He swore this even though his works have been in existence since the founding of the universe.  For there is a place where it is said, concerning the seventh day, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
 And once more, our present text says, “They will not enter my rest.”  Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience.
Gospel (Mark 2: 1-12)
 After a while, Yeshua returned to K’far-Nachum. The word spread that he was back,  and so many people gathered around the house that there was no longer any room, not even in front of the door.
While he was preaching the message to them,  four men came to him carrying a paralyzed man.  They could not get near Yeshua because of the crowd, so they stripped the roof over the place where he was, made an opening, and lowered the stretcher with the paralytic lying on it.
 Seeing their trust, Yeshua said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Some Torah-teachers sitting there thought to themselves,  “How can this fellow say such a thing? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins except God?”
 But immediately Yeshua, perceiving in his spirit what they were thinking, said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?  Which is easier to say to the paralyzed man? ‘Your sins are forgiven’? or ‘Get up, pick up your stretcher and walk’?
 But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralytic,  “I say to you: get up, pick up your stretcher and go home!”
 In front of everyone the man got up, picked up his stretcher at once and left. They were all utterly amazed and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 3:7-14)
 Therefore, as the Ruach HaKodesh says, “Today, if you hear God’s voice,  don’t harden your hearts, as you did in the Bitter Quarrel on that day in the Wilderness when you put God to the test.
 Yes, your fathers put me to the test; they challenged me, and they saw my work for forty years!
 Therefore, I was disgusted with that generation — I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, they have not understood how I do things’;  in my anger, I swore that they would not enter my rest.”
 Watch out, brothers, so that there will not be in any one of you an evil heart lacking trust, which could lead you to apostatize from the living God!
 Instead, keep exhorting each other every day, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you will become hardened by the deceit of sin.
 For we have become sharers in the Messiah, provided, however, that we hold firmly to the conviction we began with, right through until the goal is reached.
Gospel (Mark 1: 40-45)
 A man afflicted with tzara‘at came to Yeshua and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Moved with pity, Yeshua reached out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I am willing! Be cleansed!”
 Instantly the tzara‘at left him, and he was cleansed.  Yeshua sent him away with this stern warning:  “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.”
 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.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 2:14-18)
 Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, he became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by his death he might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary)  and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death.
 Indeed, it is obvious that he does not take hold of angels to help them; on the contrary, “He takes hold of the seed of Avraham.”  This is why he had to become like his brothers in every respect — so that he might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of God, making a kapparah for the sins of the people.
 For since he himself suffered death when he was put to the test, he is able to help those who are being tested now.
Gospel (Mark 1: 29-39)
 They left the synagogue and went with Ya‘akov and Yochanan to the home of Shim‘on and Andrew.  Shim‘on’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever, and they told Yeshua about her.
 He came, took her by the hand and lifted her onto her feet. The fever left her, and she began helping them.  That evening after sundown, they brought to Yeshua all who were ill or held in the power of demons,  and the whole town came crowding around the door.
 He healed many who were ill with various diseases and expelled many demons, but he did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.
 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Yeshua got up, left, went away to a lonely spot and stayed there praying.  But Shim‘on and those with him went after him;  and when they found him, they said, “Everybody is looking for you.”
 He answered, “Let’s go somewhere else — to the other villages around here. I have to proclaim the message there too — in fact this is why I came out.”  So he traveled all through the Galil, preaching in their synagogues and expelling demons.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 2:5-12)
For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.  But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?
 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet.
For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Gospel (Mark 1: 21-28)
 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,  Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.  And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 1:1-6)
 In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets.  But now, in the acharit-hayamim, he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownership of everything and through whom he created the universe.
 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’khinah, the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had, through himself, made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim.
 So he has become much better than angels, and the name God has given him is superior to theirs.  For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”?
Also, God never said of any angel, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” And again, when God brings his Firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Gospel (Mark 1: 14-20)
 After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God:  “The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near! Turn to God from your sins and believe the Good News!”
 As he walked beside Lake Kinneret, he saw Shim‘on and Andrew, Shim‘on’s brother, casting a net into the lake; for they were fishermen.  Yeshua said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you into fishers for men!”
 At once they left their nets and followed him.  Going on a little farther, he saw Ya‘akov Ben-Zavdai and Yochanan, his brother, in their boat, repairing their nets. Immediately he called them, and they left their father Zavdai in the boat with the hired men and went after Yeshua.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
First Reading (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)
 “Here is my servant, whom I support, my chosen one, in whom I take pleasure. I have put my Spirit on him; he will bring justice to the Goyim.  He will not cry or shout; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
 He will not snap off a broken reed or snuff out a smoldering wick. He will bring forth justice according to truth;  he will not weaken or be crushed until he has established justice on the earth, and the coastlands wait for his Torah.”
 “I, Adonai, called you righteously, I took hold of you by the hand, I shaped you and made you a covenant for the people, to be a light for the Goyim,  so that you can open blind eyes, free the prisoners from confinement, those living in darkness from the dungeon.
Second Reading (Acts 10:34-38)
 Then Kefa addressed them: “I now understand that God does not play favorites,  but that whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him, no matter what people he belongs to.
“Here is the message that he sent to the sons of Isra’el announcing shalom through Yeshua the Messiah, who is Lord of everything.
 You know what has been going on throughout Y’hudah, starting from the Galil after the immersion that Yochanan proclaimed;  how God anointed Yeshua from Natzeret with the Ruach HaKodesh and with power; how Yeshua went about doing good and healing all the people oppressed by the Adversary, because God was with him.
Gospel (Mark 1: 7-11)
 He proclaimed: “After me is coming someone who is more powerful than I — I’m not worthy even to bend down and untie his sandals.  I have immersed you in water, but he will immerse you in the Ruach HaKodesh.”
 Shortly thereafter, Yeshua came from Natzeret in the Galil and was immersed in the Yarden by Yochanan.  Immediately upon coming up out of the water, he saw heaven torn open and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove;  then a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, whom I love; I am well pleased with you.”
Saturday, January 09, 2021
Reading (1 John 5:14-21)
 This is the confidence we have in his presence: if we ask anything that accords with his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — then we know that we have what we have asked from him.
 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask; and God will give him life for those whose sinning does not lead to death. There is sin that does lead to death; I am not saying he should pray about that.
 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.  We know that everyone who has God as his Father does not go on sinning; on the contrary, the Son born of God protects him, and the Evil One does not touch him.
We know that we are from God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the Evil One.
 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment, so that we may know who is genuine; moreover, we are united with the One who is genuine, united with his Son Yeshua the Messiah.
He is the genuine God and eternal life.  Children, guard yourselves against false gods!
Gospel (John 3: 22-30)
 After this, Yeshua and his talmidim went out into the countryside of Y’hudah, where he stayed awhile with them and immersed people.  Yochanan too was immersing at Einayim, near Shalem, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to be immersed.
 (This was before Yochanan’s imprisonment.)  A discussion arose between some of Yochanan’s talmidim and a Judean about ceremonial washing;  and they came to Yochanan and said to him, “Rabbi, you know the man who was with you on the other side of the Yarden, the one you spoke about? Well, here he is, immersing; and everyone is going to him!”
 Yochanan answered, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from Heaven.  You yourselves can confirm that I did not say I was the Messiah, but that I have been sent ahead of him.
 The bridegroom is the one who has the bride; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands and listens to him, is overjoyed at the sound of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is now complete.  He must become more important, while I become less important.
Friday, January 08, 2021
Reading (1 John 5:5-13)
 Who does overcome the world if not the person who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God?  He is the one who came by means of water and blood, Yeshua the Messiah — not with water only, but with the water and the blood.
And the Spirit bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth.  There are three witnesses —  the Spirit, the water and the blood — and these three are in agreement.  If we accept human witness, God’s witness is stronger, because it is the witness which God has given about his Son.
 Those who keep trusting in the Son of God have this witness in them. Those who do not keep trusting God have made him out to be a liar, because they have not trusted in the witness which God has given about his Son.
 And this is the witness: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Those who have the Son have the life; those who do not have the Son of God do not have the life.
 I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life — you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God.
Gospel (Luke 5: 12-16)
 Once, when Yeshua was in one of the towns, there came a man completely covered with tzara‘at. On seeing Yeshua, he fell on his face and begged him, “Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
 Yeshua reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” Immediately the tzara‘at left him.  Then Yeshua warned him not to tell anyone. “Instead, as a testimony to the people, go straight to the cohen and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moshe commanded.”
 But the news about Yeshua kept spreading all the more, so that huge crowds would gather to listen and be healed of their sicknesses.  However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray.
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Reading (1 John 4:19-21; 5:4)
 We ourselves love now because he loved us first.  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
 Yes, this is the command we have from him: whoever loves God must love his brother too. [5:4] because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.
Gospel (Luke 4: 14-22a)
 Yeshua returned to the Galil in the power of the Spirit, and reports about him spread throughout the countryside.  He taught in their synagogues, and everyone respected him.
 Now when he went to Natzeret, where he had been brought up, on Shabbat he went to the synagogue as usual. He stood up to read,  and he was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
 “The Spirit of Adonai is upon me; therefore he has anointed me to announce Good News to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned and renewed sight for the blind, to release those who have been crushed, to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.”
 After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.  He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!”
 Everyone was speaking well of him and marvelling that such appealing words were coming from his mouth. They were even asking, “Can this be Yosef’s son?”
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Reading (1 John 4:11-18)
[11 Beloved friends, if this is how God loved us, we likewise ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God remains united with us, and our love for him has been brought to its goal in us.
 Here is how we know that we remain united with him and he with us: he has given to us from his own Spirit.  Moreover, we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as Deliverer of the world.
 If someone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God remains united with him, and he with God.  Also we have come to know and trust the love that God has for us. God is love; and those who remain in this love remain united with God, and God remains united with them.
 Here is how love has been brought to maturity with us: as the Messiah is, so are we in the world. This gives us confidence for the Day of Judgment.
 There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love.
Gospel (Mark 6: 45-52)
 Immediately Yeshua had his talmidim get in the boat and go on ahead of him toward the other side of the lake, toward Beit-Tzaidah, while he sent the crowds away.  After he had left them, he went into the hills to pray.
 When night came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was by himself on land.  He saw that they were having difficulty rowing, because the wind was against them; so at around four o’clock in the morning he came toward them, walking on the lake!
He meant to come alongside them;  but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and let out a shriek;  for they had all seen him and were terrified.
However, he spoke to them. “Courage,” he said, “it is I. Stop being afraid!”  He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded,  for they did not understand about the loaves; on the contrary, their hearts had been made stone-like.
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Reading (1 John 4:7-10)
 Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God.  Those who do not love, do not know God; because God is love.
 Here is how God showed his love among us: God sent his only Son into the world, so that through him we might have life.  Here is what love is: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the kapparah for our sins.
Gospel (Mark 6: 34-44)
 When Yeshua came ashore, he saw a huge crowd. Filled with compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, he began teaching them many things.
 By this time, the hour was late. The talmidim came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s getting late.  Send the people away, so that they can go and buy food for themselves in the farms and towns around here.”
 But he answered them, “Give them something to eat, yourselves!” They replied, “We are to go and spend thousands on bread, and give it to them to eat?”  He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and check.” When they had found out, they said, “Five. And two fish.”
 Then he ordered all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass.  They sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
 Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up toward heaven, made a b’rakhah. Next he broke up the loaves and began giving them to the talmidim to distribute. He also divided up the two fish among them all.
 They all ate as much as they wanted,  and they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces and fish.  Those who ate the loaves numbered five thousand men.
Monday, January 04, 2021
Reading (1 John 3:22-24; 4:6)
then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.
 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.  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. [4:6] We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God doesn’t listen to us. This is how we distinguish the Spirit of truth from the spirit of error.
Gospel (Matthew 4: 12-17, 23-25)
 When Yeshua heard that Yochanan had been put in prison, he returned to the Galil;  but he left Natzeret and came to live in K’far-Nachum, a lake shore town near the boundary between Z’vulun and Naftali.
 This happened in order to fulfill what Yesha‘yahu the prophet had said,  “Land of Z’vulun and land of Naftali, toward the lake, beyond the Yarden, Galil-of-the-Goyim — the people living in darkness have seen a great light; upon those living in the region, in the shadow of death, light has dawned.”
 From that time on, Yeshua began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”  Yeshua went all over the Galil teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing people from every kind of disease and sickness.
 Word of him spread throughout all Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill, suffering from various diseases and pains, and those held in the power of demons, and epileptics and paralytics; and he healed them.
 Huge crowds followed him from the Galil, the Ten Towns, Yerushalayim, Y’hudah, and ‘Ever-HaYarden.
Sunday, January 03, 2021
First Reading (Isaiah 60:1-6)
 “Arise, shine [Yerushalayim], for your light has come, the glory of Adonai has risen over you.  For although darkness covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples; on you Adonai will rise; over you will be seen his glory.
 Nations will go toward your light and kings toward your shining splendor.  Raise your eyes and look around: they are all assembling and coming to you; your sons are coming from far off, your daughters being carried on their nurses’ hips.
 Then you will see and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with delight; for the riches of the seas will be brought to you, the wealth of nations will come to you.
 Caravans of camels will cover your land, young camels from Midyan and ‘Eifah, all of them coming from Sh’va, bringing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of Adonai.
Second Reading (Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6)
 I assume that you have heard of the work God in his grace has given me to do for your benefit,  and that it was by a revelation that this secret plan was made known to me.
I have already written about it briefly,  In past generations it was not made known to mankind, as the Spirit is now revealing it to his emissaries and prophets,  that in union with the Messiah and through the Good News the Gentiles were to be joint heirs, a joint body and joint sharers with the Jews in what God has promised.
Gospel (Matthew 2: 1-12)
 After Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah during the time when Herod was king, Magi from the east came to Yerushalayim  and asked, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
 When King Herod heard of this he became very agitated, and so did everyone else in Yerushalayim.  He called together all the head cohanim and Torah-teachers of the people and asked them, “Where will the Messiah be born?”
 “In Beit-Lechem of Y’hudah,” they replied, “because the prophet wrote, ‘And you, Beit-Lechem in the land of Y’hudah, are by no means the least among the rulers of Y’hudah; for from you will come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Isra’el.’”
 Herod summoned the Magi to meet with him privately and asked them exactly when the star had appeared.  Then he sent them to Beit-Lechem with these instructions: “Search carefully for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him.”
 After they had listened to the king, they went away; and the star which they had seen in the east went in front of them until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
 Upon entering the house, they saw the child with his mother Miryam; and they prostrated themselves and worshipped him. Then they opened their bags and presented him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
 But they had been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they took another route back to their own country.
Saturday, January 02, 2021
Reading (1 John 2:22-28)
Who is a liar at all, if not the person who denies that Yeshua is the Messiah? Such a person is an anti-Messiah — he is denying the Father and the Son.  Everyone who denies the Son is also without the Father, but the person who acknowledges the Son has the Father as well.
 Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in union with both the Son and the Father.  And this is what he has promised us: eternal life.
 I have written you these things about the people who are trying to deceive you.  As for you, the Messianic anointing you received from the Father remains in you, so that you have no need for anyone to teach you.
On the contrary, as his Messianic anointing continues to teach you about all things, and is true, not a counterfeit, so, just as he taught you, remain united with him.
 And now, children, remain united with him; so that when he appears, we may have confidence and not shrink back from him in shame at his coming.
Gospel (John 1: 19-28)
 Here is Yochanan’s testimony: when the Judeans sent cohanim and L’vi’im from Yerushalayim to ask him, “Who are you?”  he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.”
“Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied.
 So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
 He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu the prophet, “I am The voice of someone crying out: ‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’”  Some of those who had been sent were P’rushim.
 They asked him, “If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor ‘the prophet,’ then why are you immersing people?”  To them Yochanan replied, “I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing someone whom you don’t know.
 He is the one coming after me — I’m not good enough even to untie his sandal!”  All this took place in Beit-Anyah, east of the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.
Friday, January 01, 2021
First Reading (Numbers 6:22-27)
Adonai said to Moshe,  “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them, ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
 Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka. [May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]  Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’
 “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”
Second Reading (Galatians 4:4-7)
 but when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm,  so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made God’s sons.
 Now because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”).  So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son you are also an heir.
Gospel (Luke 2: 16-21)
 Hurrying off, they came and found Miryam and Yosef, and the baby lying in the feeding trough.  Upon seeing this, they made known what they had been told about this child;  and all who heard were amazed by what the shepherds said to them.
 Miryam treasured all these things and kept mulling them over in her heart.  Meanwhile, the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen; it had been just as they had been told.
 On the eighth day, when it was time for his b’rit-milah, he was given the name Yeshua, which is what the angel had called him before his conception.