Monday, January 25, 2021
Reading (Acts 22:3-16)
 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city and trained at the feet of Gamli’el in every detail of the Torah of our forefathers. I was a zealot for God, as all of you are today.
 I persecuted to death the followers of this Way, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison.  The cohen hagadol and the whole Sanhedrin can also testify to this. Indeed, after receiving letters from them to their colleagues in Dammesek,
I was on my way there in order to arrest the ones in that city too and bring them back to Yerushalayim for punishment.  “As I was traveling and approaching Dammesek, around noon, suddenly a brilliant light from heaven flashed all around me!
 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Sha’ul! Sha’ul! Why do you keep persecuting me?’  I answered, ‘Sir, who are you?’ ‘I am Yeshua from Natzeret,’ he said to me, ‘and you are persecuting me!’
 Those who were with me did see the light, but they didn’t hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.  I said ‘What should I do, Lord?’
And the Lord said to me, ‘Get up, and go into Dammesek, and there you will be told about everything that has been laid out for you to do.’  I had been blinded by the brightness of the light, so my companions led me by the hand into Dammesek.
 “A man named Hananyah, an observant follower of the Torah who was highly regarded by the entire Jewish community there,  came to me, stood by me and said, ‘Brother Sha’ul, see again!’ And at that very moment, I recovered my sight and saw him.
 He said, ‘The God of our fathersdetermined in advance that you should know his will, see the Tzaddik and hear his voice; because you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.
 So now, what are you waiting for? Get up, immerse yourself and have your sins washed away as you call on his name.’
Gospel (Mark 16:15-18)
 Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation.  Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned.
 And these signs will accompany those who do trust: in my name they will drive out demons, speak with new tongues,  not be injured if they handle snakes or drink poison, and heal the sick by laying hands on them.”