Saturday, March 20, 2021
Reading (Jeremiah 11:18-20)
 Adonai made this known to me, and then I knew —you showed me what they were doing.  But I was like a tame lamb led to be slaughtered; I did not know that they were plotting
schemes against me — “Let’s destroy the tree with its fruit, we’ll cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will be forgotten.”
 Adonai–Tzva’ot, righteous judge, tester of motives and thoughts, I have committed my cause to you; so let me see your vengeance on them.
Gospel (John 7:40-53)
 On hearing his words, some people in the crowd said, “Surely this man is ‘the prophet’”;  others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “How can the Messiah come from the Galil?
 Doesn’t the Tanakh say that the Messiah is from the seed of Davidand comes from Beit-Lechem,the village where David lived?”  So the people were divided because of him.  Some wanted to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him.
 The guards came back to the head cohanim and the P’rushim, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?”  The guards replied, “No one ever spoke the way this man speaks!”  “You mean you’ve been taken in as well?” the P’rushim retorted.
 “Has any of the authorities trusted him? Or any of the P’rushim? No!  True, these ‘am-ha’aretz do, but they know nothing about the Torah, they are under a curse!”
 Nakdimon, the man who had gone to Yeshua before and was one of them, said to them,  “Our Torah doesn’t condemn a man — does it? — until after hearing from him and finding out what he’s doing.”
 They replied, “You aren’t from the Galil too, are you? Study the Tanakh, and see for yourself that no prophet comes from the Galil!” [c] 53 Then they all left, each one to his own home.
Friday, March 19, 2021
First Reading (2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16)
 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:  “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?
 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me[a]; your throne will be established forever.’”
Second Reading (Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22)
 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Gospel (Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a)
 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.  This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Reading (Exodus 32:7-14)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.  They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf.
They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ “I have seen these people,” the Lord said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people.
 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”  But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God.
“Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?  Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’?
Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.  Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’”
Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.
Gospel (John 5.18, 31-47)
 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.  There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.  “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.
 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.  John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.  “I have testimony weightier than that of John.
For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me.  And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me.
You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,  nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.  You studythe Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.
These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,  yet you refuse to come to me to have life.  “I do not accept glory from human beings,  but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.  How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.  If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.  But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Reading (Isaiah 49:8-15)
Here is what Adonai says: “At the time when I choose, I will answer you; on the day of salvation, I will help you. I have preserved you, and I have appointed you to be the covenant for a people, to restore the land and distribute again its ruined inheritances to their owners, to say to the prisoners, ‘Come out!’ to those in darkness, ‘Show yourselves!’
They will feed along the paths, and all the high hills will be their pastures.  They will be neither hungry nor thirsty; neither scorching wind nor sun will strike them; for he who has mercy on them will lead them and guide them to springs of water.
 I will turn all my mountains into a road, my highways will be raised up.  There they come, some from far away, some from the north, some from the west, and some from the land of Sinim.”
 Sing, heaven! Rejoice, earth! Break out in song, you mountains! For Adonai is comforting his people, having mercy on his own who have suffered.  “But Tziyon says, ‘Adonai has abandoned me, Adonai has forgotten me.’
 Can a woman forget her child at the breast, not show pity on the child from her womb? Even if these were to forget, I would not forget you.
Gospel (John 5:16-30)
 and on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat. But he answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I too am working.”
 This answer made the Judeans all the more intent on killing him — not only was he breaking Shabbat; but also, by saying that God was his own Father, he was claiming equality with God.
 Therefore, Yeshua said this to them: “Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does too.
 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed.  Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants.
 The Father does not judge anyone but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,  so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever fails to honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him.
 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent me has eternal life — that is, he will not come up for judgment but has already crossed over from death to life!
 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life.  For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has given the Son life to have in himself.  Also he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
 Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice  and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment.
 I can’t do a thing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is right; because I don’t seek my own desire, but the desire of the one who sent me.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Reading (Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12)
 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the house, and I saw water flowing eastward from under the threshold of the house, for the house faced east. The water flowed down from under the right side of the house, south of the altar.
 Next he led me out through the north gate and took me around outside to the outer gate, by way of the east gate, where I saw water trickling from the south side.
 With a line in his hand the man went out toward the east and measured a thousand cubits [one-third of a mile] and had me wade across the stream; the water came up to my ankles.  He measured another thousand and had me wade through the water, which reached my knees.
He measured another thousand and had me wade through water up to my waist.  Finally he measured a thousand, and it was a river I couldn’t cross on foot, because the water was so deep one would have to swim across; it was a river that could not be waded through.
 He asked me, “Human being, have you seen this?” Then, guiding me, he got me back to the riverbank.  After being returned, I saw on the bank of the river a great number of trees on the one side and on the other.
 He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and continues down to the ‘Aravah. When it enters the sea, the sea of stagnant water, [the Dead Sea,] its water will become fresh.
 When this happens, swarms of all kinds of living creatures will be able to live in it wherever the streams flow; so that there will be a vast number of fish; for this water is flowing there, so that, wherever the river goes, everything will be restored and able to live.
 On both riverbanks will grow all kinds of trees for food; their leaves will not dry up, nor will their fruit fail. There will be a different kind of fruit each month, because the water flows from the sanctuary, so that this fruit will be edible, and the leaves will have healing properties.”
Gospel (John 5:1-16)
 After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua went up to Yerushalayim.  In Yerushalayim, by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata,  in which lay a crowd of invalids — blind, lame, crippled.
[4-5] One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.  Yeshua, seeing this man and knowing that he had been there a long time, said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
 The sick man answered, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I’m trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me.”  Yeshua said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!”
 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked. Now that day was Shabbat,  so the Judeans said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat! It’s against Torah for you to carry your mat!”
[11[ But he answered them, “The man who healed me — he’s the one who told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” [12 They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?”
 But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, because Yeshua had slipped away into the crowd.  Afterwards Yeshua found him in the Temple court and said to him, “See, you are well!
Now stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you!”  The man went off and told the Judeans it was Yeshua who had healed him;  and on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Reading (Isaiah 65:17-21)
 “For, look! I create new heavens and a new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no more come to mind.  So be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for look! I am making Yerushalayim a joy, and her people a delight.
 I will rejoice in Yerushalayim and take joy in my people. The sound of weeping will no longer be heard in it, no longer the sound of crying.
 No more will babies die in infancy, no more will an old man die short of his days he who dies at a hundred will be thought young, and at less than a hundred thought cursed.
 They will build houses and live in them, they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
Gospel (John 4:43-54)
 After the two days, he went on from there toward the Galil.  Now Yeshua himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.”
 But when he arrived in the Galil, the people there welcomed him, because they had seen all he had done at the festival in Yerushalayim; since they had been there too.  He went again to Kanah in the Galil, where he had turned the water into wine.
An officer in the royal service was there; his son was ill in K’far-Nachum.  This man, on hearing that Yeshua had come from Y’hudah to the Galil, went and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
 Yeshua answered, “Unless you people see signs and miracles, you simply will not trust!”  The officer said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Yeshua replied, “You may go, your son is alive.”
The man believed what Yeshua said and left.  As he was going down, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive  So he asked them at what time he had gotten better; and they said, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.”
 The father knew that that was the very hour when Yeshua had told him, “Your son is alive”; and he and all his household trusted. This was a second sign that Yeshua did; he did it after he had come from Y’hudah into the Galil.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
First Reading (2 Chronicles 36:14-17a, 19-23)
In addition, the chief cohanim and the people grew increasingly unfaithful, following all the abominable practices of the other nations; and they polluted the house of Adonai, which he had consecrated in Yerushalayim.
 Time after time, and frequently, Adonai, the God of their ancestors, sent word to them through his messengers; because he had compassion on his people and on the place where he lived.
 But they ridiculed God’s messengers, treating his words with contempt and scoffing at his prophets, until the anger of Adonai rose up against his people to the extent that there was no longer any remedy.
 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Kasdim, who put their young men to the sword in the house of their sanctuary. They had no compassion on either young men or young women, old men or gray-haired; God handed all of them over to him.
 Then they burned down the house of God, broke down the wall of Yerushalayim, put to flames all its palaces and destroyed everything in it of worth.
 Those who had escaped the sword he carried off to Bavel, and they became slaves to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia.  Thus was fulfilled the word of Adonai spoken by Yirmeyahu, “until the land has been paid her Shabbats” — for as long as it lay desolate, it kept Shabbat, until seventy years had passed.
 Now in the first year of Koresh king of Persia, so that the word of Adonai spoken by Yirmeyahu might be fulfilled, Adonai activated the spirit of Koresh king of Persia to proclaim throughout his entire kingdom, and put in writing as well:
 “Here is what Koresh king of Persia says: Adonai, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms on earth, and he has charged me to build him a house in Yerushalayim, in Y’hudah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may Adonai his God be with him! He may go up . . . .”
Second Reading (Ephesians 2:4-10)
 But God is so rich in mercy and loves us with such intense love  that, even when we were dead because of our acts of disobedience, he brought us to life along with the Messiah — it is by grace that you have been delivered.
 That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with him in heaven,  in order to exhibit in the ages to come how infinitely rich is his grace, how great is his kindness toward us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.
 For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift.  You were not delivered by your own actions; therefore no one should boast.
 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
Gospel (John 3:14-21)
 Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up;  so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.
 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.
 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved.
 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son. [
19] “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked.  For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed.
 But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Reading (Hosea 5:15; 6: 1-6)
I will go and return to my place, till they admit their guilt and search for me, seeking me eagerly in their distress.” [6:1] Come, let us return to Adonai; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds.
 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence.  Let us know, let us strive to know Adonai. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.
 “Efrayim, what should I do to you? Y’hudah, what should I do to you? For your ‘faithful love’ is like a morning cloud, like dew that disappears quickly.
 This is why I have cut them to pieces by the prophets, slaughtered them with the words from my mouth — the judgment on you shines out like light.  For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Gospel (Luke 18:9-14)
 Also, to some who were relying on their own righteousness and looking down on everyone else, he told this parable:  “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Parush and the other a tax-collector.
 The Parush stood and prayed to himself, ‘O God! I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, immoral, or like this tax-collector!  I fast twice a week, I pay tithes on my entire income, . . . ’
 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God! Have mercy on me, sinner that I am!’
 I tell you, this man went down to his home right with God rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Friday, March 12, 2021
Reading (Hosea 14:1-9)
Shomron will bear her guilt, for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword,
their little ones will be dashed to pieces and their pregnant women ripped open.  Return, Isra’el, to Adonai your God, for your guilt has made you stumble.
 Take words with you, and return to Adonai; say to him, “Forgive all guilt, and accept what is good; we will pay instead of bulls [the offerings of] our lips.  Ashur will not save us, we will not ride on horses, and we will no longer call what we made with our hands our gods.
For it is only in you that the fatherless can find mercy.”  “I will heal their disloyalty, I will love them freely; for my anger has turned from him.  I will be like dew to Isra’el; he will blossom like a lily and strike roots like the L’vanon.
 His branches will spread out, his beauty be like an olive tree and his fragrance like the L’vanon.  Again they will live in his shade and raise grain; they will blossom like a vine, and its aroma will be like the wine of the L’vanon.
 Efrayim [will say], ‘What have I to do any more with idols?’ And I, I answer and affirm him; I am like a fresh, green cypress tree; your fruitfulness comes from me.”
Gospel (Mark 12:28b-34)
 One of the Torah-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua answered them well, he asked him, “Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?”
 Yeshua answered, “The most important is, ‘Sh’ma Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai
echad [Hear, O Isra’el, the Lord our God, the Lord is one],  and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’
 The second is this: ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other mitzvah greater than these.”
 The Torah-teacher said to him, “Well said, Rabbi; you speak the truth when you say that he is one, and that there is no other besides him;  and that loving him with all one’s heart, understanding and strength, and loving one’s neighbor as oneself, mean more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
 When Yeshua saw that he responded sensibly, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared put to him another sh’eilah.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Reading (Jeremiah 7:23-28)
Rather, what I did order them was this: ‘Pay attention to what I say. Then I will be your God, and you will be my people. In everything, live according to the way that I order you, so that things will go well for you.’
 But they neither listened nor paid attention, but lived according to their own plans, in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, thus going backward and not forward.  You have done this from the day your ancestors came out of Egypt until today.
Even though I sent you all my servants the prophets, sending them time after time,  they would not listen or pay attention to me, but stiffened their necks; they did worse than their ancestors.
 So tell them all this; but they won’t listen to you; likewise, call to them; but they won’t answer you.  Therefore, say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not listened
to the voice of Adonai their God. They won’t take correction; faithfulness has perished;
it has vanished from their mouths.
Gospel (Luke 11:14-23)
 He was expelling a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the man who had been mute spoke; and the people were astounded.  But some of them said, “It is by Ba‘al-Zibbul” — the ruler of the demons — “that he expels the demons.”
 And others, trying to trap him, demanded from him a sign from Heaven.  But he, knowing what they were thinking, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, with one house collapsing on another.
 So if the Adversary too is divided against himself, how can his kingdom survive? I’m asking because you claim it is by Ba‘al-Zibbul that I drive out the demons.  If I drive out demons by Ba‘al-Zibbul, by whom do your people drive them out? So, they will be your judges!
 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you!  “When a strong man who is fully equipped for battle guards his own house, his possessions are secure.
 But when someone stronger attacks and defeats him, he carries off all the armor and weaponry on which the man was depending, and divides up the spoils.  Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering.