Quotes and Readings of the Day


Today's Bible Reading
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Boasting about Tomorrow

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

Warning to Rich Oppressors

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.

Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 17:20-37. Find a Bible translation.


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

Today's Torah Reading
previous next Genesis 26:23-26:29

From there he went up to Beer-sheba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Fear not, for I am with you, and I will bless you and increase your offspring for the sake of My servant Abraham." So he built an altar there and invoked the Lord by name. Isaac pitched his tent there and his servants started digging a well. And Abimelech came to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his councilor and Phicol chief of his troops. Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, seeing that you have been hostile to me and have driven me away from you?" And they said, "We now see plainly that the Lord has been with you, and we thought: Let there be a sworn treaty between our two parties, between you and us. Let us make a pact with you that you will not do us harm, just as we have not molested you but have always dealt kindly with you and sent you away in peace. From now on, be you blessed of the Lord!"


From Parshat Toldot. 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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Angels have a sense of humor … The angels wants us to enjoy life. Have a good laugh at yourself every now and again for taking life seriously. Then take time to laugh with the angels!

-Margaret Neylon

From the book, An Angel a Day by Margaret Neylon. © Margaret Neylon 2003. Published by arrangement with Thorsons / Element.

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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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If we live our lives continually motivated by anger and hatred, even our physical health deteriorates.

-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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I think what's not so important is the brand of spirituality but that you have some sense of, some humbling sense of power larger than yourself, and that [of] the relative significance of man in the face of the greater universe. I have some ways in which I keep in touch with that.

-Ben Affleck

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Christian Quote of the Day

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"Heavenly Father, we come before thee, knee bent and body bowed, in the humblest way that we know how."

-Denzel Washington's favorite prayer

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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Always look for non-aerosol options for hairspray, deodorant, and other sprays. However, if you must buy aerosol products, make sure to always completely empty them – and then recycle the cans!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-Thich Nhat Hahn

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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a Gospel, and the very essence of the Gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Health Quote of the Day

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I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.

-Henry Ford

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Hindu Quote of the Day

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Sleeping, sitting, walking, Nothing good or bad befalls me. I sleep, I sit, I walk, And I am happy.

Ashtavakra Gita 13:5

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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You cannot think your way to right action, you have to act your way to right thinking.

-David Milch

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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.

-Alice Paul

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Judaism Quote of the Day

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I always give much away, and so gather happiness instead of pleasure.

-Rahel Levin Varnhagen, letter to Ludwig Robert, 1827

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

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Silence is the sea, and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don't seek the river. Don't turn your head away from the signs offered by the sea.


Mathnawi [IV, 2062-2063]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi, selected and translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski, © 1996. By arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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Relationship Quote of the Day

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Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.


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November 18, 2012
Prayer at Meals
The process of offering is Brahman, the oblation is Brahman, the instrument of offering is Brahman, the fire to which the offering is made is also Brahman. For such a one who abides in Brahman, by him alone Brahman is reached.
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