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Today's Bible Reading
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The Coming of the Lord


But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.



Note: Today's Gospel reading is Luke 21:5-19. Find a Bible translation.

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

Today's Torah Reading
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Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and was buried under the oak below Bethel; so it was named Allon-bacuth. God appeared again to Jacob on his arrival from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. God said to him,

"You whose name is Jacob,
You shall be called Jacob no more,
But Israel shall be your name."
Thus He named him Israel.
And God said to him,
"I am El Shaddai.
Be fertile and increase;
A nation, yea an assembly of nations,
Shall descend from you.
Kings shall issue from your loins.
The land that I assigned to Abraham and Isaac
I assign to you;
And to your offspring to come
Will I assign the land."


God parted from him at the spot where He had spoken to him; and Jacob set up a pillar at the site where He had spoken to him, a pillar of stone, and he offered a libation on it and poured oil upon it. Jacob gave the site, where God had spoken to him, the name of Bethel.

They set out from Bethel; but when they were still some distance short of Ephrath, Rachel was in childbirth, and she had hard labor. When her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, "Have no fear, for it is another boy for you." But as she breathed her last--for she was dying--she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. Thus Rachel died. She was buried on the road to Ephrath--now Bethlehem. Over her grave Jacob set up a pillar; it is the pillar at Rachel's grave to this day. Israel journeyed on, and pitched his tent beyond Migdal-eder.

While Israel stayed in that land, Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine; and Israel found out.

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve in number. The sons of Leah: Reuben--Jacob's first-born--Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maid: Dan and Naphtali. And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maid: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Paddan-aram.

And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, at Kiriath-arba--now Hebron--where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned. Isaac was a hundred and eighty years old when he breathed his last and died. He was gathered to his kin in ripe old age; and he was buried by his sons Esau and Jacob. This is the line of Esau--that is, Edom.

Esau took his wives from among the Canaanite women--Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah daughter of Zibeon the Hivite--and also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth. Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; Basemath bore Reuel; and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. Those were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan.

Esau took his wives, his sons and daughters, and all the members of his household, his cattle and all his livestock, and all the property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went to another land because of his brother Jacob. For their possessions were too many for them to dwell together, and the land where they sojourned could not support them because of their livestock. So Esau settled in the hill country of Seir--Esau being Edom. This, then, is the line of Esau, the ancestor of the Edomites, in the hill country of Seir.

These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Esau's wife Adah; Reuel, the son of Esau's wife Basemath. The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz. Timna was a concubine of Esau's son Eliphaz; she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. Those were the descendants of Esau's wife Adah. And these were the sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. Those were the descendants of Esau's wife Basemath. And these were the sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah, daughter of Anah daughter of Zibeon: she bore to Esau Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.

These are the clans of the children of Esau. The descendants of Esau's first-born Eliphaz: the clans Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, Korah, Gatam, and Amalek; these are the clans of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. Those are the descendants of Adah. And these are the descendants of Esau's son Reuel: the clans Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah; these are the clans of Reuel in the land of Edom. Those are the descendants of Esau's wife Basemath. And these are the descendants of Esau's wife Oholibamah: the clans Jeush, Jalam, and Korah; these are the clans of Esau's wife Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah. Those were the sons of Esau--that is, Edom--and those are their clans.

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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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You may be wondering, "Where is my angel?" Your angel may be right in front of you. Your best friend may be an angel sent to you by God.

-Susan Santucci,
"Pathways to the Spirit"


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Buddhist Quote of the Day

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Whenever you hear that someone else has been successful, rejoice. Always practice rejoicing for others--whether your friend or your enemy. If you cannot practice rejoicing, no matter how long you live, you will not be happy.

-Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Transforming Problems Into Happiness"


Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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Celebrity Quote of the Day

Christian Quote of the Day

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Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.

-Martin Luther


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Eco-Tip of the Day

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Today, gather up your used books recent magazines and donate them to a local hospital, women's shelter, or nursing home. They'll appreciate the gesture!

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Emotional Health Quote of the Day

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I believe that good things come to those who work.

-Wilt Chamberlain


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Evangelical Quote of the Day

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Turn to God from idols. For the sword of His wrath that had been aimed at you has been sheathed into the heart of His Son. And the arrows of His anger that had been put against your breast were loosed into the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He has died for you, you were forgiven.

-Paris Redhead


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Health Quote of the Day

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It’s possible to be courteous without being meek. Bring an advocate with you.

-Judith Stone


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Hindu Quote of the Day

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My Child, You may read or discuss scripture As much as you like. But until you forget everything, You will never live in your heart.

Ashtavakra Gita 16:1

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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Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.

-Rainer Maria Rilke


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Inspiration Quote of the Day

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Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.

-Christopher Morley


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Judaism Quote of the Day

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It is better for my enemy to see good in me than for me to see evil in him.

-Yiddish proverb


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

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Muslim Quote of the Day

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Lord, the night is gone. The dawn has lighted the sky. How I long to know if You accepted or rejected my prayers. Comfort me, Lord, for only you can comfort this state of mine. You gave me life and nurtured me; Yours is all the praise. If You would ever drive me away from Your door, I would never abandon it for the sake of Your love, which I carry in my heart.

-Rabi'a, "Rabi'a the Mystic"


From "The Bounty of Allah," 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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Love is a great teacher.

-St. Augustine


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December 4, 2012
Enlighten the Darkness of My Heart
St. Francis of Assisi
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart,
and give me right faith,
certain hope,
and perfect charity,
wisdom and understanding,
Lord, that I may carry out
your holy and true command.
Amen.
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