Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Reading (Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17)
 Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven,  there was as yet no wild bush on the earth, and no wild plant had as yet sprung up; for Adonai, God, had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no one to cultivate the ground.
 Rather, a mist went up from the earth which watered the entire surface of the ground.  Then Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living being.
 Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed.  Out of the ground Adonai, God, caused to grow every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 Adonai, God, took the person and put him in the garden of ‘Eden to cultivate and care for it.  Adonai, God, gave the person this order: “You may freely eat from every tree in the garden  except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.”
Gospel (Mark 7:14-23)
 Then Yeshua called the people to him again and said, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand this!  There is nothing outside a person which, by going into him, can make him unclean.
Rather, it is the things that come out of a person which make a person unclean!”  “Anyone who has ears that can hear, let him hear!”  When he had left the people and entered the house, his talmidim asked him about the parable.
 He replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean?  For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (Thus he declared all foods ritually clean.)
 “It is what comes out of a person,” he went on, “that makes him unclean.  For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,  greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness….  All these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.”
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Reading (Genesis 1:20 – 31; 2: 1-4a)
 God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open dome of the sky.”  God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that creeps, so that the water swarmed with all kinds of them, and there was every kind of winged bird; and God saw that it was good.
 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the water of the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”  So there was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.
 God said, “Let the earth bring forth each kind of living creature — each kind of livestock, crawling animal and wild beast”; and that is how it was.
 God made each kind of wild beast, each kind of livestock and every kind of animal that crawls along the ground; and God saw that it was good.
 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves; and let them rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the animals, and over all the earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the earth.”
 So God created humankind in his own image; in the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.  God blessed them: God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air and every living creature that crawls on the earth.”  Then God said, “Here! Throughout the whole earth I am giving you as food every seed-bearing plant and every tree with seed-bearing fruit.
 And to every wild animal, bird in the air and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul, I am giving as food every kind of green plant.” And that is how it was.  God saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good. So there was evening, and there was morning, a sixth day.
[2:1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, along with everything in them.  On the seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
 God blessed the seventh day and separated it as holy; because on that day God rested from all his work which he had created, so that it itself could produce.  Here is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created. On the day when Adonai, God, made earth and heaven,
Gospel (Mark 7:1-13)
 The P’rushim and some of the Torah-teachers who had come from Yerushalayim gathered together with Yeshua  and saw that some of his talmidim ate with ritually unclean hands, that is, without doing n’tilat-yadayim.
 (For the P’rushim, and indeed all the Judeans, holding fast to the Tradition of the Elders, do not eat unless they have given their hands a ceremonial washing.
 Also, when they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they have rinsed their hands up to the wrist; and they adhere to many other traditions, such as washing cups, pots and bronze vessels.)
 The P’rushim and the Torah-teachers asked him, “Why don’t your talmidim live in accordance with the Tradition of the Elders, but instead eat with ritually unclean hands?”
 Yeshua answered them, “Yesha‘yahu was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites — as it is written, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.
 Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.’ “You depart from God’s command and hold onto human tradition.  Indeed,” he said to them, “you have made a fine art of departing from God’s command in order to keep your tradition!
 For Moshe said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’  But you say, ‘If someone says to his father or mother, “I have promised as a korban” ’ ” (that is, as a gift to God) “ ‘ “what I might have used to help you,” ’
 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.  Thus, with your tradition which you had handed down to you, you nullify the Word of God! And you do other things like this.”