Sunday, February 20, 2022
First Reading (1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-25)
 Then Saul arose, and went down to the wilderness of Ziph, having three thousand chosen men of Israel with him, to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.
 So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.
 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time.
 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?
 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul’s bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the Lord was fallen upon them.
 Then David went over to the other side, and stood on the top of an hill afar off; a great space being between them:
 And David answered and said, Behold the king’s spear! and let one of the young men come over and fetch it.
 The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.
 And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.
 Then Saul said to David, Blessed be thou, my son David: thou shalt both do great things, and also shalt still prevail. So David went on his way, and Saul returned to his place.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 15:45-49)
 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Gospel (Luke 6:27-38)
 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Reading (James 3:1-10)
 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Gospel (Mark 9:2-13)
 And after six days Yeshua taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
 And Peter answered and said to Yeshua, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.
 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
 And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come?
 And he answered and told them, Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.
 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.
Friday, February 18, 2022
Reading (James 2:14-24, 26)
 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Gospel (Mark 8:34-38 – 9:1)
 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
[9:1] And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Reading (James 2:1-9)
 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?  If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
Gospel (Mark 8:27-33)
 And Yeshua went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?
 And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.
 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Messiah.  And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Reading (James 1:19-27)
 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Gospel (Mark 8:22-26)
 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Reading (James 1:12-18)
 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Gospel (Mark 8:14-21)
 Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf.
 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
 And when Yeshua knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?
 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve.
 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
Monday, February 14, 2022
Reading (James 1:1-11)
 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Gospel (Mark 8:11-13)
 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.
 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
 And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side.
Sunday, February 13, 2022
First Reading (Jeremiah 17:5-8)
 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20)
 Now if Messiah be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
 For if the dead rise not, then is not Messiah raised:
 And if Messiah be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Messiah are perished.
 If in this life only we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most miserable.
 But now is Messiah risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
Gospel (Luke 6:17, 20-26)
 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Reading (1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34)
 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
[13:33] After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.
 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
Gospel (Mark 8:1-10)
 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Yeshua called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them,
 I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
 And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?  And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
 So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Reading (1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:1-19)
 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:
 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:
 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)
[12:1] And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;
 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the Lord, that he might perform his saying, which the Lord spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
Gospel (Mark 7:31-37)
 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.