Quotes and Readings of the Day
Today's Bible Reading
Let me sing for my beloved
my love-song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it,
and hewed out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes,
but it yielded wild grapes.
And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and people of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
And now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will remove its hedge,
and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall,
and it shall be trampled down.
I will make it a waste;
it shall not be pruned or hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah
are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice,
but saw bloodshed;
but heard a cry!
Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 7:28-35. Find a Bible translation.
From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.
Today's Torah Reading
These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were settled in the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. Those are the clans of the Horites, the descendants of Seir, in the land of Edom.
The sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna. The sons of Shobal were these: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon were these: Aiah and Anah--that was the Anah who discovered the hot springs in the wilderness while pasturing the asses of his father Zibeon. The children of Anah were these: Dishon and Anah's daughter Oholibamah. The sons of Dishon were these: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. The sons of Ezer were these: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. And the sons of Dishan were these: Uz and Aran.
These are the clans of the Horites: the clans Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. Those are the clans of the Horites, clan by clan, in the land of Seir.
These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the Israelites. Bela son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah. When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah, from Bozrah, succeeded him as king. When Jobab died, Husham of the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king. When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated the Midianites in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king; the name of his city was Avith. When Hadad died, Samlah of Masrekah succeeded him as king. When Samlah died, Saul of Rehoboth-on-the-river succeeded him as king. When Saul died, Baal-hanan son of Achbor succeeded him as king. And when Baal-hanan son of Achbor died, Hadar succeeded him as king; the name of his city was Pau, and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred daughter of Me-zahab.
These are the names of the clans of Esau, each with its families and locality, name by name: the clans Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, Magdiel, and Iram. Those are the clans of Edom--that is, of Esau, father of the Edomites--by their settlements in the land which they hold.
From Parshat VaYishlach. 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
Angels teach us to love and to love well. The sayings "On earth as it is in heaven," or "As above, so below," relate to love. For as God loves us, the angels will teach us to love God, each other, and ourselves.
-Barbara Mark & Trudy Griswold,
"The Angelspeake Storybook"
From "Angels Around Us." Compiled by Karen Maguire. Reprinted by arrangement with Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Buddhist Quote of the Day
Reality as it is becomes the right view of the meditator. Thinking of it as it is becomes the right thought. Awareness of it as it is becomes the right awareness. Concentration on it as it is becomes the right concentration. Actions of the body and speech are then aligned to reality as it is. In this way the meditator develops and is fulfilled.
From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
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Hindu Quote of the Day
Select a clean spot, neither too high nor too low, and seat yourself firmly on a cloth, a deerskin, and kusha grass. Then, once seated, strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation, and your heart will be purified. Hold your body, head, and neck firmly in a straight line and keep your eyes from wandering. With all fears dissolved in the peace of the Self and all desires dedicated to Brahman, controlling the mind and fixing it on me, sit in meditation with me as your only goal.
Bhagavad Gita 6:11-14
Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. Reprinted with permission from Nilgiri Press, www.nilgiri.org. To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.
Holistic Living Quote of the Day
I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all. When I am convinced of something, I am convinced with my whole self, as though my flesh had informed me. Knowledge is the condition of my being.
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Muslim Quote of the Day
A rough, uneducated boy in the village began to sing a hymn in a loud, raucous voice. The pious young men looked at the boy with contempt. Their camels ran off into the desert. The wise old Sufi asked the young men: "Why does this boy's praises move your camels, yet leave you unmoved?"
-Sadi, "The Gulistan (The Rose Garden)"
Translated from "366 Readings From Islam," by Robert Van der Weyer. Copyright 2000. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio.
Relationship Quote of the Day
We will never know how much good just a simple smile can do. We tell people how kind, forgiving, and understanding God is--are we the living proof? Can they really see this kindness, this forgiveness, this understanding, alive in us?
The Sinner's Prayer
Try me, O God, and search the ground of my heart: prove me and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any wickedness in me, any root of bitterness yet undiscovered; and lead me in the way everlasting. Show me the true state of my soul. Bring me out from every false refuge. Strip off every deceitful covering, every covering that is not of Thy Spirit. Forbid that the anchor of my hope should be cast, or the house of my dependence built, on any but Christ, the Rock of Ages. Forbid that I should rest short of that repentance which is Thy gift, and is connected with life eternal: and forbid, O forbid, that I should sit down without aspiring to that conformity unto Thee in righteousness and true holiness, abstracted from which repentance is false and faith is dead.
- Augustus Toplady