Saturday, February 06, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21)
 Through him, therefore, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise continually. For this is the natural product of lips that acknowledge his name.  But don’t forget doing good and sharing with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your lives, as people who will have to render an account. So make it a task of joy for them, not one of groaning; for that is of no advantage to you.
 The God of shalom brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Yeshua, by the blood of an eternal covenant.
 May that God equip you with every good thing you need to do his will; and may he do in us whatever pleases him, through Yeshua the Messiah. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel (Mark 6:30-34)
 Those who had been sent out rejoined Yeshua and reported to him all they had done and taught.
 There were so many people coming and going that they couldn’t even take time to eat, so he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a place where we can be alone, and you can get some rest.”
 They went off by themselves to an isolated spot;  but many people, seeing them leave and recognizing them, ran ahead on foot from all the towns and got there first.
 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.
Friday, February 05, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 13:1-8)
 Let brotherly friendship continue;  but don’t forget to be friendly to outsiders; for in so doing, some people, without knowing it, have entertained angels.
 Remember those in prison and being mistreated, as if you were in prison with them and undergoing their torture yourselves.  Marriage is honorable in every respect; and, in particular, sex within marriage is pure.
But God will indeed punish fornicators and adulterers.  Keep your lives free from the love of money; and be satisfied with what you have; for God himself has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.”
 Therefore, we say with confidence, “Adonai is my helper; I will not be afraid —what can a human being do to me?”  Remember your leaders, those who spoke God’s message to you. Reflect on the results of their way of life, and imitate their trust —  Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Gospel (Mark 6:14-29)
 Meanwhile, King Herod heard about this, for Yeshua’s reputation had spread. Some were saying, “Yochanan the Immerser has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.”
 Others said, “It is Eliyahu!” and still others, “He is a prophet, like one of the old prophets.”  But when Herod heard about it, he said, “Yochanan, whom I had beheaded, has been raised.”
 For Herod had sent and had Yochanan arrested and chained in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. Herod had married her,  but Yochanan had told him, “It violates the Torah for you to marry your brother’s wife.”
 So Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted him put to death. But this she could not accomplish,  because Herod stood in awe of Yochanan and protected him, for he knew that he was a tzaddik, a holy man. Whenever he heard him, he became deeply disturbed; yet he liked to listen to him.
 Finally, the opportunity came. Herod gave a banquet on his birthday for his nobles and officers and the leading men of the Galil.  The daughter of Herodias came in and danced, and she pleased Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want; I will give it to you”;  and he made a vow to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
 So she went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She said, “The head of Yochanan the Immerser.”  At once the daughter hurried back to the king and announced her request: “I want you to give me right now on a platter the head of Yochanan the Immerser.”
 Herod was appalled; but out of regard for the oaths he had sworn before his dinner guests, he did not want to break his word to her.  So the king immediately sent a soldier from his personal guard with orders to bring Yochanan’s head.
The soldier went and beheaded Yochanan in the prison,  brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.  When Yochanan’s talmidim heard of it, they came and took the body and laid it in a grave.