Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Jesus Heals a Paralytic

(Mt 9.2—8; Lk 5.17—26)

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some peoplea came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your mat and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”


From the New Revised Standard Version. Reprinted with permission from HarperBibles.

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Exodus 3:1-3:15

Now Moses, tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian, drove the flock into the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. He gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed. Moses said, "I must turn aside to look at this marvelous sight; why doesn't the bush burn up?" When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to look, God called to him out of the bush: "Moses! Moses!" He answered, "Here I am." And He said, "Do not come closer. Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am," He said, "the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

And the Lord continued, "I have marked well the plight of My people in Egypt and have heeded their outcry because of their taskmasters; yes, I am mindful of their sufferings. I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of that land to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey, the region of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now the cry of the Israelites has reached Me; moreover, I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them. Come, therefore, I will send you to Pharaoh, and you shall free My people, the Israelites, from Egypt."

But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and free the Israelites from Egypt?" And He said, "I will be with you; that shall be your sign that it was I who sent you. And when you have freed the people from Egypt, you shall worship God at this mountain."

Moses said to God, "When I come to the Israelites and say to them 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" And God said to Moses, "Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh." He continued, "Thus shall you say to the Israelites, 'Ehyeh sent me to you.'" And God said further to Moses, "Thus shall you speak to the Israelites: The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you:

"This shall be My name forever,
This My appellation for all eternity."


From Parshat Shemot. 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

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Speaking with your angels is easier than you may think. Your angels want to connect with you even more than you want to connect with them.

-Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold,
"The Angelspeak Storybook"

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

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Now, there are many, many people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer who cause us problems. So, when you come across such a chance for practicing patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and grateful to your enemy for providing that precious opportunity.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

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The reality is, you can't read all the books written on Jesus. You can't. You can only study but so much. You really have to [look] inward and speak to your soul, and open up your soul and try to connect to that higher being.

-Blair Underwood

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Christian Quote of the Day

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O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

-"America the Beautiful," Katharine Lee Bates

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Going shopping? Compare prices online so you can avoid wasting gas on trips to multiple stores.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

-Oscar Wilde

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.

-Stephen Charnock

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Health Quote of the Day

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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

-Benjamin Disraeli

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Of the four kinds of being, From Brahma to a blade of grass, Only the wise man is strong enough To give up desire and aversion. How rare he is! Knowing he is the Self, He acts accordingly And is never fearful. For he knows he is the Self, One without two, The Lord of all creation.

Astavakra Gita 4:5-6

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

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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If you don't have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?

-Stephen King (submitted by ivyb2000)

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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Greet every person with a pleasant face…Receive every person in a cheerful manner.

-Ethics of the Fathers 1:15; 3:16

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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When Muhammad reached the Grand Mosque, most of the population was at the entrance, eager to look at him. As he went in, he threw the end of his cloak over his left shoulder, leaving his right arm free. He declared, "May God have mercy on the man who today shows the people he is strong." Then he walked round the Kaba, kissing each side, and finally kissing the black stone. After a short pause he trotted round the Kaba three times, and walked around it a further three times.

-Ibn Ishaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

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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Norris Chumley Tip of the Day

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I'm here to remind you today to eat your fruits and vegetables. There are piles of scientific studies that suggest eating fruits and vegetables helps boost the human immune system, and perhaps offers disease prevention. I’m not aware of any evidence that they’re bad for you. The USDA Food Pyramid Guidelines recommend a daily minimum of two fruit servings (1 medium whole piece of fruit, or 1/2 cup chopped, or 3/4 cup juice) and three vegetable servings (1 cup leafy greens, or 1/2 cup chopped). As always, I recommend eating the minimum USDA Food pyramid servings in order to lose weight. (But not if you're pregnant, nursing, or if your doctor says otherwise). Eat from all five food groups, throughout the day. As for fat – there’s very little of it in vegetables and fruits –so that’s not a worry.

-Norris Chumley

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

-Marianne Williamson

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January 15, 2009
First Steps of the Day
Andrew Weiss
As I take my first step,
My foot kisses the floor.
With gratitude to the earth,
I walk in liberation.