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Today's Bible Reading
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The Authority of Jesus Questioned
(Mk 11.27—33; Lk 20.1—8)
When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.


The Parable of the Two Sons
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.




Note: Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 21:23-32. Find a Bible translation.

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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Genesis 33:6-33:20

Then the maids, with their children, came forward and bowed low; next Leah, with her children, came forward and bowed low; and last, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed low; And he asked, "What do you mean by all this company which I have met?"

He answered, "To gain my lord's favor." Esau said, "I have enough, my brother; let what you have remain yours." But Jacob said, "No, I pray you; if you would do me this favor, accept from me this gift; for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, and you have received me favorably. Please accept my present which has been brought to you, for God has favored me and I have plenty." And when he urged him, he accepted.

And [Esau] said, "Let us start on our journey, and I will proceed at your pace." But he said to him, "My lord knows that the children are frail and that the flocks and herds, which are nursing, are a care to me; if they are driven hard a single day, all the flocks will die. Let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I travel slowly, at the pace of the cattle before me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."

Then Esau said, "Let me assign to you some of the men who are with me." But he said, "Oh no, my lord is too kind to me!" So Esau started back that day on his way to Seir. But Jacob journeyed on to Succoth, and built a house for himself and made stalls for his cattle; that is why the place was called Succoth.

Jacob arrived safe in the city of Shechem which is in the land of Canaan--having come thus from Paddan-aram--and he encamped before the city. The parcel of land where he pitched his tent he purchased from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred kesitahs. He set up an altar there, and called it El-elohe-yisrael.

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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

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One tries to cure the signs of growth, to exorcise them, as if they were devils, when really they might be angels of annunciation.

-Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
"Gift From the Sea"


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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It is my belief that whereas the twentieth century has been a century of war and untold suffering, the twenty-first century should be one of peace and dialogue. As the continued advances in information technology make our world a truly global village, I believe there will come a time when war and armed conflict will be considered an outdated and obsolete method of settling differences among nations and communities.

-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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When you are 100 percent sold-out for God, you're fearless.

-T-Bone


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Christian Quote of the Day

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God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you."

-Billy Graham


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Many organizations collect and re-distribute old pairs of eyeglasses. Donate your used glasses and help someone less fortunate see the world a little clearer.

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Let no one be like another, yet everyone like the highest. How is this done? Be each one perfect in himself.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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There is something inexpressively pleasing to a justified mind to know that God has all the honor in our salvation, we have none; to know that God’s honor is not violated, but on the contrary, shines more illustrious; to know that God’s law is not injured, but magnified and made honorable; to know that we are safe, and God has all the glory.

-Robert Murray Cheney


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Health Quote of the Day

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Have you ever noticed that Jesus is never recorded as taking a holiday? He retired for the purposes of his mission, not from it…He was busier than anyone; the multitudes were always at him, yet he had time, for everything and everyone. He was never hurried, or harassed, or too busy. He had complete supremacy over time; he never let it dictate to him. He knew exactly when the moment had come for doing something and when it had not.

-Evelyn Underhill in "The Mastery of Time"


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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We want to worship a living God. I have not seen anything but God all my life, nor have you. To see this chair you first see God, and then the chair in and through Him. He is everywhere, saying, "I am." The moment you feel "I am," you are conscious of Existence. Where shall we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being?

Vivekananda

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Holistic Living Quote of the Day

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I have one major rule: everybody is right. More specifically, everybody—including me—has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.

-Ken Wilber


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

-William A. Ward


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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God is of no importance unless he is of extreme importance.

-Abraham Joshua Heschel, "Man's Quest for God"


As cited in "Jewish Wisdom" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Those admitted to Paradise shall experience true bliss. Never shall they know want, nor will they suffer old age.

-Hadith The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah


The Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reported by Abu Hurairah

From "The Bounty of Allah." Hadith 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

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A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

-Walter Winchell


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 12/02/2009

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Prayer for Liberation for All Beings

I beseech the wisdom of all enlightened beings, past and future. May the Four Immeasurable Minds (love, compassion, joy, and equanimity) grow in the hearts and minds of all beings. May peace and wisdom visit the home of our hearts, and may we know the true, clear light of liberation. OM MANI PADME HUM

- Beliefnet member dreamtheatre

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