Thoughts and Reflection

In today’s reading we learn that while grain and burnt offerings are necessary, the Lord asks his people for offerings from generous hearts. We also need to offer our hearts to the Lord each day. The people of Israel are so generous in their sacrificing, that God tells them to stop sacrificing. We are being called to allow God to move our hearts to supply the needs of people locally and around the world.

Love requires sacrifice and that is what we are called to offer the Lord.

God also makes it clear there are consequences for our actions. We must obey or there will be punishment for disobedience. He does this out of love and allows them to repent. This is true of how we read the bible. If we approach it without trusting God, we see only harsh punishments. But when we approach it with a spirit of trust, we see that God is always good and loving – as a parent to their child.

About this Project

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Exodus 37

1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide and one and a half cubits high.

2 He overlaid it, inside and out, with pure gold, and made a gold moulding all round it.

3 He cast four gold rings for it at its four supports: two rings on one side and two rings on the other.

4 He also made shafts of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold,

5 and passed the shafts through the rings on the sides of the ark, by which to carry it.

6 He also made a mercy-seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide,

7 and modelled two great winged creatures of beaten gold, putting them at the two ends of the mercy-seat,

8 one winged creature at one end and the other winged creature at the other end, making the winged creatures of a piece with the mercy-seat at either end.

9 The winged creatures had their wings spread upwards, protecting the ark with their wings and facing each other, their faces being towards the mercy-seat.

10 He made the table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide and one and a half cubits high,

11 and made a gold moulding all round it.

12 He fitted it with struts a hand’s breadth wide and made a gold moulding round the struts.

13 He cast four gold rings for it and fixed the rings at the four corners where the four legs were.

14 The rings lay close to the struts to hold the shafts for carrying the table.

15 He made the shafts of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold; these were for carrying the table.

16 He made the accessories which were to go on the table: its dishes, cups, jars and libation bowls, of pure gold.

17 He also made the lamp-stand of pure gold, making the lamp-stand, base and stem, of beaten gold, its cups, calyxes and bud being of a piece with it.

18 Six branches sprang from its sides: three of the lamp-stand’s branches from one side, three of the lamp-stand’s branches from the other.

19 The first branch carried three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its calyx and bud; the second branch, too, carried three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its calyx and bud, and similarly all six branches springing from the lamp-stand.

20 The lamp-stand itself carried four cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its calyx and bud:

21 one calyx under the first two branches springing from the lamp-stand, one calyx under the next pair of branches and one calyx under the last pair of branches — thus for all six branches springing from the lamp-stand.

22 The calyxes and the branches were of a piece with the lamp-stand, and the whole was made from a single piece of pure gold, beaten out.

23 He also made its seven lamps, its snuffers and trays of pure gold.

24 He made the lamp-stand and all its accessories from a talent of pure gold.

25 He made the altar of incense of acacia wood, one cubit long, and one cubit wide — it was square — and two cubits high, its horns were of a piece with it.

26 He overlaid its top, its sides all round and its horns with pure gold and made a moulding to go all round.

27 He made two gold rings for it below the moulding on its two opposite sides, to take the shafts used for carrying it.

28 He made the shafts of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

29 He also made the holy anointing oil and the fragrant incense, blending it as a perfumer would.

Exodus 38

1 He made the altar of burnt offerings of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; it was square and three cubits high.

2 At its four corners he made horns, the horns being of a piece with it, and overlaid it with bronze.

3 He made all the altar accessories: the ash pans, shovels, sprinkling basins, hooks and fire pans; he made all the altar accessories of bronze.

4 He also made a grating for the altar of bronze network, below its ledge, underneath, coming halfway up.

5 He cast four rings for the four corners of the bronze grating to take the shafts.

6 He made the shafts of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze.

7 He passed the shafts through the rings on the sides of the altar for carrying it. He made the altar hollow, out of boards.

8 He made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

9 He made the court. On the south side, on the south, the curtaining of the court was of finely woven linen a hundred cubits long.

10 Its twenty poles and their sockets being of bronze, and their hooks and rods of silver;

11 and on the north side, a hundred cubits of curtaining, its twenty poles and their twenty sockets being of bronze, and their hooks and rods of silver.

12 On the west side there were fifty cubits of curtaining, with its ten poles and their ten sockets, the poles’ hooks and rods being of silver;

13 and on the east side on the east, there were fifty cubits.

14 On the one side there were fifteen cubits of curtaining, with its three poles and their three sockets,

15 and on the other side — either side of the gateway to the court — there were fifteen cubits of curtaining with its three poles and their three sockets.

16 All the curtaining round the court was of finely woven linen,

17 the sockets for the poles were of bronze, the poles’ hooks and rods of silver, their capitals were overlaid with silver and all the poles of the court had silver rods.

18 The screen for the gateway to the court was of finely woven linen embroidered with violet-purple, red-purple and crimson, twenty cubits long and five cubits high (all the way along) like the curtaining of the court,

19 its four poles and their four sockets being of bronze, their hooks of silver, their capitals overlaid with silver, and their rods of silver.

20 All the pegs round the Dwelling and the court were of bronze.

21 These are the accounts for the Dwelling — the Dwelling of the Testimony — drawn up by order of Moses, the work of Levites, produced by Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest.

22 Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that Yahweh ordered Moses to make,

23 his assistant being Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, embroiderer and needleworker in violet-purple, red-purple and crimson materials and fine linen.

24 The amount of gold used for the work, for the entire work for the sanctuary (the gold consecrated for the purpose) was twenty-nine talents and seven hundred and thirty shekels, reckoned by the sanctuary shekel.

25 The silver from the census of the community was one hundred talents and one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels, reckoned by the sanctuary shekel,

26 one beqa per head, half a shekel reckoned by the sanctuary shekel, for everyone of twenty years and over included in the census, for six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty persons.

27 A hundred talents of silver were used for casting the sockets for the sanctuary and the sockets for the curtain: a hundred sockets from a hundred talents, one talent per socket.

28 From the one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five shekels he made the hooks for the poles, overlaid their capitals and made the rods for them.

29 The bronze consecrated for the purpose amounted to seventy talents and two thousand four hundred shekels,

30 and from it he made the sockets for the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, the bronze altar, its bronze grating and all the altar accessories,

31 the sockets all round the court, the sockets for the gateway to the court, all the pegs for the Dwelling and all the pegs round the court.

Leviticus 26

1 ‘ “You will not make idols for yourselves; you will not erect statues or cultic stones, or erect carved stones in your country, for you to worship: for I, Yahweh, am your God.

2 You will keep my Sabbaths and revere my sanctuary. I am Yahweh.

3 “If you live according to my laws, if you keep my commandments and put them into practice,

4 I shall give you the rain you need at the right time; the soil will yield its produce and the trees of the countryside their fruit;

5 you will thresh until vintage time and gather grapes until sowing time. You will eat your fill of bread and live secure in your land.

6 “I shall give peace in the land, and you will go to sleep with no one to frighten you. I shall rid the land of beasts of prey. The sword willnot pass through your land.

7 You will pursue your enemies and they will fall before your sword;

8 five of you pursuing a hundred of them, one hundred pursuing ten thousand; and your enemies will fall before your sword.

9 “I shall turn towards you, I shall make you fertile and make your numbers grow, and I shall uphold my covenant with you.

10 “Having eaten all you need of last year’s harvest, you will throw out the old to make room for the new.

11 “I shall fix my home among you and never reject you.

12 I shall live among you; I shall be your God and you will be my people,

13 I, Yahweh your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you should be their slaves no longer, and who broke the bonds of your yoke and made you walk with head held high.

14 “But if you will not listen to me and do not put all these commandments into practice,

15 if you reject my laws and detest my customs, and you break my covenant by not putting all my commandments into practice,

16 this is how I shall treat you: “I shall subject you to terror, consumption and fever, making you dim of sight and short of breath. You willsow your seed in vain, for your enemies will eat it.

17 I shall turn against you and you will be defeated by your enemies. Your foes will have the mastery over you, and you will flee when no one is pursuing you.

18 “And if, in spite of this, you will not listen to me, I shall punish you seven times over for your sins.

19 I shall break your proud strength. I shall make the sky like iron for you, and your soil like bronze.

20 You will wear out your strength in vain, your land will not yield its produce, nor the trees of the country their fruit.

21 “And if you go against me and will not listen to me, I shall heap seven times more plagues on you for your sins.

22 I shall send wild animals to attack you and rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and reduce your numbers until your roads are deserted.

23 “And if that does not reform you, and you still go against me,

24 then I shall go against you and punish you another seven times over for your sins.

25 I shall bring the sword on you, which will avenge the covenant, and when you huddle inside your towns, I shall send pestilence among you, and you will fall into the enemy’s clutches.

26 When I take away the bread which supports you, ten women will be able to bake your bread in one oven and will then dole your bread out by weight; you will eat but not be satisfied.

27 “And if, in spite of this, you will not listen to me but go against me,

28 I shall go against you in fury and punish you seven times over for your sins.

29 You will eat the flesh of your own sons, you will eat the flesh of your own daughters.

30 I shall destroy your high places and smash your incense-altars; I shall pile your corpses on the corpses of your foul idols and shall reject you.

31 I shall reduce your cities to ruins; I shall lay waste your sanctuary and refuse to inhale from you smells intended to please.

32 I shall make such a desolation of the country that your enemies who come to live there will be appalled by it.

33 And I shall scatter you among the nations. I shall unsheathe the sword against you, reducing your country to desert and your towns to ruins.

34 Then the country will indeed observe its Sabbaths, all the while it lies deserted, while you are in the country of your enemies. Then indeed the country will rest and observe its Sabbaths.

35 And as it lies deserted it will rest, as it never did on your Sabbaths when you were living there.

36 I shall strike such fear into the hearts of those of you who survive in the countries of their enemies that the sound of a falling leaf willset them fleeing; they will flee as though fleeing from the sword, and fall when no one is pursuing.

37 They will stumble over one another as though fleeing before the sword, when no one is pursuing. You will be powerless to stand up to your enemies;

38 you will perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies will swallow you up.

39 Those of you who survive will pine away in their guilt in the countries of their enemies and, bearing the guilt of their ancestors too, willpine away like them.

40 “Then they shall admit their guilt and that of their ancestors and their infidelities against me, and further, their setting themselves against me.

41 “I in my turn will go against them and bring them into the land of their enemies. Then their uncircumcised hearts will grow humble and then they will accept the punishment for their guilt.

42 I shall remember my covenant with Jacob, I shall remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham; and I shall remember the country too.

43 “Abandoned, the country will keep its Sabbaths, as it lies deserted in their absence, and they will have to accept the punishment for their guilt, since they detested my customs and rejected my laws.

44 “Yet, in spite of all this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I shall not so utterly reject or detest them as to destroy them completely and break my covenant with them; for I am Yahweh their God.

45 For their sake I shall remember the covenant I made with those first generations that I brought out of Egypt while other nations watched, so that I should be their God, I, Yahweh.” ‘

46 Such were the decrees, customs and laws which Yahweh established between himself and the Israelites on Mount Sinai through Moses.

Psalm 82

 [Psalm Of Asaph] God takes his stand in the divine assembly, surrounded by the gods he gives judgement.

2 ‘How much longer will you give unjust judgements and uphold the prestige of the wicked?

3 Let the weak and the orphan have justice, be fair to the wretched and the destitute.

4 ‘Rescue the weak and the needy, save them from the clutches of the wicked.

5 ‘Ignorant and uncomprehending, they wander in darkness, while the foundations of the world are tottering.

6 I had thought, “Are you gods, are all of you sons of the Most High?”

7 No! you will die as human beings do, as one man, princes, you will fall.’

8 Arise, God, judge the world, for all nations belong to you.

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