Saturday, January 30, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19)
 Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.  It was for this that Scripture attested the merit of the people of old.  By trusting, Avraham obeyed, after being called to go outto a place which God would give him as a possession; indeed, he went out without knowing where he was going.
 By trusting, he lived as a temporary resident in the Land of the promise, as if it were not his, staying in tents with Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov, who were to receive what was promised along with him.
 For he was looking forward to the city with permanent foundations, of which the architect and builder is God.  By trusting, he received potency to father a child, even when he was past the age for it, as was Sarah herself; because he regarded the One who had made the promise as trustworthy.
 Therefore this one man, who was virtually dead, fathered descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and as countless as the grains of the sand on the seashore.
 All these people kept on trusting until they died, without receiving what had been promised. They had only seen it and welcomed it from a distance, while acknowledging that they were aliens and temporary residents on the earth.
 For people who speak this way make it clear that they are looking for a fatherland.  Now if they were to keep recalling the one they left, they would have an opportunity to return;
 but as it is, they aspire to a better fatherland, a heavenly one. This is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
 By trusting, Avraham, when he was put to the test, offered up Yitz’chak as a sacrifice. Yes, he offered up his only son, he who had received the promises,  to whom it had been said, “What is called your ‘seed’ will be in Yitz’chak.”
 For he had concluded that God could even raise people from the dead! And, figuratively speaking, he did so receive him.
Gospel (Mark 4:35-41)
 That day, when evening had come, Yeshua said to them, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”  So, leaving the crowd behind, they took him just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him.
 A furious windstorm arose, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was close to being swamped.  But he was in the stern on a cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, “Rabbi, doesn’t it matter to you that we’re about to be killed?”
 He awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind subsided, and there was a dead calm.  He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?”
 But they were terrified and asked each other, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the waves obey him?”