Friday, January 01, 2021
First Reading (Numbers 6:22-27)
Adonai said to Moshe,  “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them, ‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
 Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka. [May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]  Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom. [May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’
 “In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them.”
Second Reading (Galatians 4:4-7)
 but when the appointed time arrived, God sent forth his Son. He was born from a woman, born into a culture in which legalistic perversion of the Torah was the norm,  so that he might redeem those in subjection to this legalism and thus enable us to be made God’s sons.
 Now because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, the Spirit who cries out, “Abba!” (that is, “Dear Father!”).  So through God you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son you are also an heir.
Gospel (Luke 2: 16-21)
 Hurrying off, they came and found Miryam and Yosef, and the baby lying in the feeding trough.  Upon seeing this, they made known what they had been told about this child;  and all who heard were amazed by what the shepherds said to them.
 Miryam treasured all these things and kept mulling them over in her heart.  Meanwhile, the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen; it had been just as they had been told.
 On the eighth day, when it was time for his b’rit-milah, he was given the name Yeshua, which is what the angel had called him before his conception.