18 January 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Monday, 18 January 2016 MLK Day

g'morning.  A late morning here for me, I slept in.  No alarm clock these days, except for the cats.  We'd laid down last night, and then before we drifted off, Dear Wife had the "nibblies".  At around 11:00.So we got back up, heated up some leftover bran muffins from Saturday, munched a bit, I sent of last night's blog post, and then went to bed.  Cats woke me up at 05:10 demanding breakfast, which I did, and then went back to bed.  At which time, Dear Wife was suffering from the arthritis and bursitis and cold, and decided to move to the recliner (which is also near the gas fireplace that is our only heat source).  So I assisted with blankets and pillows and such.  And then went back to bed and slept for a few hours more.  Now I'm up, not admiring the cold and snow and ice outside, but am only three feet from that gas fire so it's not bad.  She's back in bed, fast asleep, which is how she spends much of her days.  The body is trying to do something, and it's cheap medicine, so we listen to the body.
Today is Martin Luther King jr. Day.  I have nothing to say on the subject.  I was a kid staying home from school sick, watching the TV the day he gave his "I have a dream speech", and watched it.  I don't think that he'd be happy with what that "movement" has degenerated into, but that's just me.


The Old Testament reading is chapters 42 and 43 in the Genesis.  Joseph is in Egypt, and in a very powerful position.  His brothers, the same ones who sold him into slavery, have come calling, in a desperate move.  Joseph is in a position to help, courtesy of the Lord's plan and their own bad actions.  Odd, huh?  It works out.


The New Testament reading is verses 33-58 in chapter 13 of the Gospel of Matthew.

Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

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