Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Reading (Hebrews 2:14-18)
 Therefore, since the children share a common physical nature as human beings, he became like them and shared that same human nature; so that by his death he might render ineffective the one who had power over death (that is, the Adversary)  and thus set free those who had been in bondage all their lives because of their fear of death.
 Indeed, it is obvious that he does not take hold of angels to help them; on the contrary, “He takes hold of the seed of Avraham.”  This is why he had to become like his brothers in every respect — so that he might become a merciful and faithful cohen gadol in the service of God, making a kapparah for the sins of the people.
 For since he himself suffered death when he was put to the test, he is able to help those who are being tested now.
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.