August 3, 2021

Numbers 12: 1- 13

12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife, an Ethiopian,
12:2 and they said: “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Has he not also spoken similarly to us?” And when the Lord had heard this,
12:3 (for Moses was a man exceedingly meek, beyond all the men who were living upon the earth)
12:4 immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Miriam, “Go out, you three only, to the tabernacle of the covenant.” And when they had gone out,
12:5 the Lord descended in a column of cloud, and he stood at the entrance of the tabernacle, calling to Aaron and Miriam. And when they had advanced,
12:6 he said to them: “Listen to my words. If there will be among you a prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him through a dream.
12:7 But it is not so with my servant Moses, who is the most faithful in all my house.
12:8 For I speak with him mouth to mouth, and plainly. And not through enigmas and figures does he perceive the Lord. Therefore, why were you not afraid to disparage my servant Moses?”
12:9 And being angry against them, he went away.
12:10 Likewise, the cloud which was over the tabernacle withdrew. And behold, Miriam appeared to be white with a leprosy, like snow. And when Aaron had looked upon her, and he had seen the spreading of the leprosy,
12:11 he said to Moses: “I beg you, my lord, not to impose upon us this sin, which we have committed foolishly.
12:12 Do not let this one be like one who is dead, or like an abortion that has been cast from the womb of her mother. Behold, half of her flesh is already consumed by leprosy.”
12:13 And Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, I beg you: heal her.”

Matthew 14: 22- 36

14:22 And Jesus promptly compelled his disciples to climb into the boat, and to precede him in crossing the sea, while he dismissed the crowds.
14:23 And having dismissed the multitude, he ascended alone onto a mountain to pray. And when evening arrived, he was alone there.
14:24 But in the midst of the sea, the boat was being tossed about by the waves. For the wind was against them.
14:25 Then, in the fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking upon the sea.
14:26 And seeing him walking upon the sea, they were disturbed, saying: “It must be an apparition.” And they cried out, because of fear.
14:27 And immediately, Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Have faith. It is I. Do not be afraid.”
14:28 Then Peter responded by saying, “Lord, if it is you, order me come to you over the waters.”
14:29 And he said, “Come.” And Peter, descending from the boat, walked over the water, so as to go to Jesus.
14:30 Yet truly, seeing that the wind was strong, he was afraid. And as he began to sink, he cried out, saying: “Lord, save me.”
14:31 And immediately Jesus extended his hand and took hold of him. And he said to him, “O little in faith, why did you doubt?”
14:32 And when they had ascended into the boat, the wind ceased.
14:33 Then those who were in the boat drew near and adored him, saying: “Truly, you are the Son of God.”
14:34 And having crossed the sea, they arrived in the land of Genesaret.
14:35 And when the men of that place had recognized him, they sent into all that region, and they brought to him all who had maladies.
14:36 And they petitioned him, so that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And as many as touched it were made whole.


Matthew 15: 1- 2, 10- 14

15:1 Then the scribes and the Pharisees came to him from Jerusalem, saying:
15:2 “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
15:10 And having called the multitudes to him, he said to them: “Listen and understand.
15:11 A man is not defiled by what enters into the mouth, but by what proceeds from the mouth. This is what defiles a man.”
15:12 Then his disciples drew near and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees, upon hearing this word, were offended?”
15:13 But in response he said: “Every plant which has not been planted by my heavenly Father shall be uprooted.
15:14 Leave them alone. They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.”