Friday, January 29, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 10:32-39)
 But remember the earlier days, when, after you had received the light, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings.  Sometimes you were publicly disgraced and persecuted, while at other times you stood loyally by those who were treated this way.
 For you shared the sufferings of those who had been put in prison. Also when your possessions were seized, you accepted it gladly; since you knew that what you possessed was better and would last forever.
 So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward.  For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what he has promised.
 For “There is so, so little time! The One coming will indeed come, he will not delay.  But the person who is righteous will live his life by trusting, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.”
 However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we keep trusting and thus preserve our lives!
Gospel (Mark 4:26-34)
 And he said, “The Kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed on the ground.  Nights he sleeps, days he’s awake; and meanwhile the seeds sprout and grow — how, he doesn’t know.
 By itself the soil produces a crop — first the stalk, then the head, and finally the full grain in the head.  But as soon as the crop is ready, the man comes with his sickle, because it’s harvest-time.”
 Yeshua also said, “With what can we compare the Kingdom of God? What illustration should we use to describe it?
 It is like a mustard seed, which, when planted, is the smallest of all the seeds in the field;  but after it has been planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all the plants, with such big branches that the birds flying about can build nests in its shade.”
 With many parables like these he spoke the message to them, to the extent that they were capable of hearing it.
 He did not say a thing to them without using a parable; when he was alone with his own talmidim he explained everything to them.