Quotes and Readings of the Day
Blessings for Obedience
(Lev 26.1—13; Deut 28.1—14)
If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the LORD your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors; he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you. You shall be the most blessed of peoples, with neither sterility nor barrenness among you or your livestock. The LORD will turn away from you every illness; all the dread diseases of Egypt that you experienced, he will not inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. You shall devour all the peoples that the LORD your God is giving over to you, showing them no pity; you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.
Note: Today's Gospel reading is John 1:35-42.
From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.
He made the altar for burnt offering of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide--square--and three cubits high. He made horns for it on its four corners, the horns being of one piece with it; and he overlaid it with copper. He made all the utensils of the altar--the pails, the scrapers, the basins, the flesh hooks, and the fire pans; he made all these utensils of copper. He made for the altar a grating of meshwork in copper, extending below, under its ledge, to its middle.
He cast four rings, at the four corners of the copper grating, as holders for the poles. He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with copper; and he inserted the poles into the rings on the side walls of the altar, to carry it by them. He made it hollow, of boards. He made the laver of copper and its stand of copper, from the mirrors of the women who performed tasks at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
He made the enclosure: On the south side, a hundred cubits of hangings of fine twisted linen for the enclosure--10 with their twenty posts and their twenty sockets of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver. On the north side, a hundred cubits--with their twenty posts and their twenty sockets of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver. On the west side, fifty cubits of hangings--with their ten posts and their ten sockets, the hooks and bands of the posts being silver.
And on the front side, to the east, fifty cubits: fifteen cubits of hangings on the one flank, with their three posts and their three sockets, and fifteen cubits of hangings on the other flank--on each side of the gate of the enclosure--with their three posts and their three sockets.
All the hangings around the enclosure were of fine twisted linen. The sockets for the posts were of copper, the hooks and bands of the posts were of silver, the overlay of their tops was of silver; all the posts of the enclosure were banded with silver. The screen of the gate of the enclosure, done in embroidery, was of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen. It was twenty cubits long. Its height--or width--was five cubits, like that of the hangings of the enclosure. The posts were four; their four sockets were of copper, their hooks of silver; and the overlay of their tops was of silver, as were also their bands. All the pegs of the Tabernacle and of the enclosure round about were of copper.
These are the records of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of the Pact, which were drawn up at Moses' bidding--the work of the Levites under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron the priest. Now Bezalel, son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, had made all that the Lord had commanded Moses; at his side was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, carver and designer, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and crimson yarns and in fine linen.
All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary--the elevation offering of gold--came to 29 talents and 730 shekels by the sanctuary weight. The silver of those of the community who were recorded came to 100 talents and 1,775 shekels by the sanctuary weight: a half-shekel a head, half a shekel by the sanctuary weight, for each one who was entered in the records, from the age of twenty years up, 603,550 men.
The 100 talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary and the sockets for the curtain, 100 sockets to the 100 talents, a talent a socket. And of the 1,775 shekels he made hooks for the posts, overlay for their tops, and bands around them.
The copper from the elevation offering came to 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. Of it he made the sockets for the entrance of the Tent of Meeting; the copper altar and its copper grating and all the utensils of the altar; the sockets of the enclosure round about and the sockets of the gate of the enclosure; and all the pegs of the Tabernacle and all the pegs of the enclosure round about.
Of the blue, purple, and crimson yarns they also made the service vestments for officiating in the sanctuary; they made Aaron's sacral vestments--as the Lord had commanded Moses.
From Parshat Va Yakhel/Pekudey. From THE TANAKH: The New JPS Translation According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society. Used by permission.
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Buddhist Quote of the Day
Who would have thought that all things are the manifestation of the Essence of Mind!
-The Sutra of Hui Neng
From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt. Reprinted by arrangement with Tarcher/Putnam, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.
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Hindu Quote of the Day
May we harness body and mind to see The Lord of Life, who dwells in everyone. May we ever with one-pointed mind Strive for blissful union with the Lord. May we train our senses to serve the Lord Through the practice of meditation. Great is the glory of the Lord of Life, Infinite, omnipresent, all-knowing. He is known by the wise who meditate And conserve their vital energy.
From The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.
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Muslim Quote of the Day
One springtime Rabi’a entered a house, and did not come out. A follower said to her: ‘Come outside, and see the beauties of the creation.’ Rabi’a said: ‘Come inside, and see the creator. If you see the creator, you become too preoccupied to look at the creation.’
From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of John Hunt Publishing, United Kingdom.
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Hanukkah Candle-Lighting Prayers
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us by his commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam asher kideshanu be-mitzvotav, ve-tzivanu le-hadlik ner shel Hanukah.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam she-asa nisim la-avotenu ba-yamim ha-hem ba-zeman ha-zeh.
On the first night only:
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.
Baruch ata Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam she-hecheyanu, ve-kiyemanu, ve-higiyanu la-zeman ha-zeh.