Monday, February 22, 2021
Reading (1 Peter 5:1-4)
 Therefore, I urge the congregation leaders among you, as a fellow-leader and witness to the Messiah’s sufferings, as well as a sharer in the glory to be revealed:  shepherd the flock of God that is in your care, exercising oversight not out of constraint, but willingly, as God wants; and not out of a desire for dishonest gain, but with enthusiasm;  also not as machers domineering over those in your care, but as people who become examples to the flock.
 Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive glory as your unfading crown.
Gospel (Matthew 16:13-19)
 When Yeshua came into the territory around Caesarea Philippi, he asked his talmidim, “Who are people saying the Son of Man is?”  They said, “Well, some say Yochanan the Immerser, others Eliyahu, still others Yirmeyahu or one of the prophets.”
 “But you,” he said to them, “who do you say I am?”  Shim‘on Kefa answered, “You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living God.”  “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan,” Yeshua said to him, “how blessed you are!
For no human being revealed this to you, no, it was my Father in heaven.  I also tell you this: you are Kefa,” [which means ‘Rock,’] “and on this rock I will build my Community, and the gates of Sh’ol will not overcome it.
 I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
Sunday, February 21, 2021
First Reading (Genesis 9:8-15)
 God spoke to Noach and his sons with him; he said,  “As for me — I am herewith establishing my covenant with you, with your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you — the birds, the livestock and every wild animal with you, all going out of the ark, every animal on earth.
 I will establish my covenant with you that never again will all living beings be destroyed by the waters of a flood, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
 God added, “Here is the sign of the covenant I am making between myself and you and every living creature with you, for all generations to come:  I am putting my rainbow in the cloud — it will be there as a sign of the covenant between myself and the earth.
 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud;  I will remember my covenant which is between myself and you and every living creature of any kind; and the water will never again become a flood to destroy all living beings.
Second Reading (1 Peter 3:18-22)
 For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God.
He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit;  and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits,  to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water.
 This also prefigures what delivers us now, the water of immersion, which is not the removal of dirt from the body, but one’s pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah.
 He has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to him.
Gospel (Mark 1:12-15)
 Immediately the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness,  and he was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by the Adversary. He was with the wild animals, and the angels took care of him.
 After Yochanan had been arrested, Yeshua came into the Galil proclaiming the Good News from God:  “The time has come, God’s Kingdom is near! Turn to God from your sins and believe the Good News!”