February 10, 2018


First Book of Kings    12: 26-32; 13: 33-34

12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart: “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David,
12:27 if this people ascend to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem. And the heart of this people will be converted to their lord Rehoboam, the king of Judah, and they will put me to death, and return to him.”
12:28 And devising a plan, he made two golden calves. And he said to them: “No longer choose to ascend to Jerusalem. Behold, these are your gods, O Israel, who led you away from the land of Egypt!”
12:29 And he stationed one in Bethel, and the other in Dan.
12:30 And this word became an occasion of sin. For the people went to adore the calf, even to Dan.
12:31 And he made shrines on the high places, and he made priests out of the lowest people, who were not of the sons of Levi.
12:32 And he appointed a solemn day in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, in imitation of the solemnity that was celebrated in Judah. And ascending to the altar, he acted similarly in Bethel, so that he immolated to the calves, which he had made. And in Bethel, he appointed priests of the high places, which he had made.
12:33 And he ascended to the altar, which he had raised up in Bethel, on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, the day that he had decided in his own heart. And he made a solemnity to the sons of Israel, and he ascended to the altar, so that he might burn incense. 

13:33 After these words, Jeroboam did not turn back from his very evil way. Instead, to the contrary, he made priests for the high places out of the least of the people. Whosoever was willing, he filled his hand, and he became a priest of the high places.
13:34 And for this reason, the house of Jeroboam sinned, and was uprooted, and was wiped from the face of the earth.


Mark    8: 1-10

8:1 In those days, again, when there was a great crowd, and they did not have anything to eat, calling together his disciples, he said to them:
8:2 “I have compassion for the multitude, because, behold, they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat.
8:3 And if I were to send them away fasting to their home, they might faint on the way.” For some of them came from far away.
8:4 And his disciples answered him, “From where would anyone be able to obtain enough bread for them in the wilderness?”
8:5 And he questioned them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”
8:6 And he instructed the crowd to sit down to eat on the ground. And taking the seven loaves, giving thanks, he broke and gave it to his disciples in order to place before them. And they placed these before the crowd.
8:7 And they had a few small fish. And he blessed them, and he ordered them to be placed before them.
8:8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up what had been leftover from the fragments: seven baskets.
8:9 And those who ate were about four thousand. And he dismissed them.
8:10 And promptly climbing into a boat with his disciples, he went into the parts of Dalmanutha.