Monday, February 08, 2021
Reading (Genesis 1:1-19)
 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
 God saw that the light was good, and God divided the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.
 God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.”  God made the dome and divided the water under the dome from the water above the dome; that is how it was,  and God called the dome Sky.
So there was evening, and there was morning, a second day.  God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let dry land appear,” and that is how it was.
 God called the dry land Earth, the gathering together of the water he called Seas, and God saw that it was good.  God said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth”; and that is how it was.
 The earth brought forth grass, plants each yielding its own kind of seed, and trees each producing its own kind of seed-bearing fruit; and God saw that it was good.  So there was evening, and there was morning, a third day.
 God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years;  and let them be for lights in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth”; and that is how it was.
 God made the two great lights — the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night — and the stars.
 God put them in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth,  to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.  So there was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.
Gospel (Mark 6:53-56)
 After they had made the crossing, they landed at Ginosar and anchored.  As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized him  and began running around throughout that whole region and bringing sick people on their stretchers to any place where they heard he was.
 Wherever he went, in towns, cities or country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the tzitzit on his robe, and all who touched it were healed.
Sunday, February 07, 2021
First Reading (Job 7:1-4, 6-7)
 “Human life on earth is like serving in the army; yes, we drudge through our days like a hired worker,  like a slave longing for shade, like a worker thinking only of his wages.
 So I am assigned months of meaninglessness; troubled nights are my lot.  When I lie down, I ask, ‘When can I get up?’ But the night is long, and I keep tossing to and fro until daybreak.
 My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope.  “Remember that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never again see good times.
Second Reading (1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23)
For I can’t boast merely because I proclaim the Good News — this I do from inner compulsion: woe is me if I don’t proclaim the Good News!  For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if I do it unwillingly, I still do it, simply because I’ve been entrusted with a job.
 So then, what is my reward? Just this: that in proclaiming the Good News I can make it available free of charge, without making use of the rights to which it entitles me.
 For although I am a free man, not bound to do anyone’s bidding, I have made myself a slave to all in order to win as many people as possible.  With the “weak” I became “weak,” in order to win the “weak.”
With all kinds of people I have become all kinds of things, so that in all kinds of circumstances I might save at least some of them.  But I do it all because of the rewards promised by the Good News, so that I may share in them along with the others who come to trust.
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.