Monday, December 28, 2020
Reading (1 John 1:5-10; 2:1-2)
 And this is the message which we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him — none!
 If we claim to have fellowship with him while we are walking in the darkness, we are lying and not living out the truth.  But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.
 If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing.
 If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us.
[2:1] My children, I am writing you these things so that you won’t sin. But if anyone does sin, we have Yeshua the Messiah, the Tzaddik, who pleads our cause with the Father.  Also, he is the kapparah for our sins — and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.
Gospel (Matthew 2: 13-18)
 After they had gone, an angel of Adonai appeared to Yosef in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and escape to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you to leave. For Herod is going to look for the child in order to kill him.”
 So he got up, took the child and his mother, and left during the night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod died. This happened in order to fulfill what Adonai had said through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
 Meanwhile, when Herod realized that the Magi had tricked him, he was furious and gave orders to kill all the boys in and around Beit-Lechem who were two years old or less, calculating from the time the Magi had told him.
 In this way were fulfilled the words spoken through the prophet Yirmeyahu,  “A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and lamenting loudly. It was Rachel sobbing for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no longer alive.”