Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
previous Luke 5:1-11

While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."

And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


From the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

Today's Torah Reading
previous Leviticus 21:1-21:15

The Lord said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them:

None shall defile himself for any [dead] person among his kin, except for the relatives that are closest to him: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, and his brother; also for a virgin sister, close to him because she has not married, for her he may defile himself. But he shall not defile himself as a kinsman by marriage, and so profane himself.

They shall not shave smooth any part of their heads, or cut the side-growth of their beards, or make gashes in their flesh. They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God; for they offer the Lord's offerings by fire, the food of their God, and so must be holy.

They shall not marry a woman defiled by harlotry, nor shall they marry one divorced from her husband. For they are holy to their God and you must treat them as holy, since they offer the food of your God; they shall be holy to you, for I the Lord who sanctify you am holy.

When the daughter of a priest defiles herself through harlotry, it is her father whom she defiles; she shall be put to the fire. The priest who is exalted above his fellows, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been ordained to wear the vestments, shall not bare his head or rend his vestments. He shall not go in where there is any dead body; he shall not defile himself even for his father or mother. He shall not go outside the sanctuary and profane the sanctuary of his God, for upon him is the distinction of the anointing oil of his God, Mine the Lord's. He may marry only a woman who is a virgin. A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is degraded by harlotry--such he may not marry. Only a virgin of his own kin may he take to wife--that he may not profane his offspring among his kin, for I the Lord have sanctified him.


From Parshat Emor. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.

Angel Quote of the Day


You couldn't hurt an angel but I would have been happy to know that I had dirtied his feather--I conceived of him in feathers.

-Flannery O'Connor,
"The Habit of Being"

From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day


The Buddha said: "When a person has thoroughly understood the world, from top to bottom, when there is nothing in the world that agitates him anymore, then he has become somebody who is free from confusion and fears and tremblings and the longings of desire. He has gone beyond getting old and beyond birth and death."

-Sutta Nipata

From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day


My religion as a child was nondescript. Although we were taught to believe in God, church seemed to have not much to do with it. So I developed my own form of spirituality, as a result of not being conditioned by religion.

-Shirley MacLaine

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Christian Quote of the Day


For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

-Matthew 18:20

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Eco-Tip of the Day


Use re-usable cleaning products like sponges and rags, instead of paper towels that create excess waste.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day


Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

-Victor Hugo

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Evangelical Quote of the Day


Make sure the thing you’re living for is worth dying for.

-Charles Mayes

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Health Quote of the Day


It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.

-Irish proverb

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Hindu Quote of the Day


"I am not this." "I am He." Give up such distinctions. Know that everything is the Self. Rid yourself of all purpose. And be happy.

Ashtavakra Gita 15:15

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day


The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.

-Stanley Kubrick

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Inspiration Quote of the Day


The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him, "What are you going through?"

-Simone Weil

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Judaism Quote of the Day


Days are scrolls: write on them what you want to be remembered.

-Bahya ibn Pakuda, "Hovot HaLevavot"

Reprinted with permission from 'A Treasury of Jewish Quotations,' edited by Joseph L. Baron, Jason Aronson Inc.

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Muslim Quote of the Day


As God has made the Qibla* manifest, abandon your search. Hark, turn away from all futile search, now that the House has come to view. If you forget this Qibla for one moment, you will be overcome by the Qibla of desires. *Qibla: The point toward which Muslims turn to pray, especially the Ka’ba, or House of God, at Mecca.


Rumi, “Mathnawi,” 6:2626-28

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.

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Relationship Quote of the Day


We can do no great things; only small things with great love.

-Mother Teresa

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January 27, 2015
Prayer for the Nation
God of ages,
in your sight nations rise and fall,
and pass through times of peril.
Now when our land is troubled,
be near to judge and save.
May leaders be led by your wisdom;
may they search your will and see it clearly.
If we have turned from your way,
help us to reverse our ways and repent.
Give us your light and your truth to guide us;
through Jesus Christ,
who is Lord of this world, and our Savior. Amen.