Bible in a Year – February – 25 | Day – 56

February – 25 | Day – 56
Old Testament: Exodus – 39 | Isaiah – 57

1 Truly, from hyacinth and purple, vermillion and fine linen, he made the vestments with which Aaron was clothed when he ministered in the holy places, just as the Lord instructed Moses.

2 And so he made an ephod of gold, hyacinth, and purple, and twice-dyed scarlet, and fine twisted linen,

3 wrought with embroidery. And he cut thin strips of gold and drew them into threads, so that they could be twisted into the weave of the first colors.

4 And he made two edges, coupled to one another at the top of both sides,

5 and a wide belt from the same colors, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

6 He also prepared two onyx stones, set and enclosed in gold, and engraved with the skill of a jeweler, with the names of the sons of Israel.

7 And he set them in the sides of the ephod, as a memorial to the sons of Israel, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

8 He also made a breastplate, wrought with embroidery, according to the work of the ephod, from gold, hyacinth, purple, and twice-dyed scarlet, and fine twisted linen:

9 with four equal sides, doubled, of the measure of the palm of a hand.

10 And he set four rows of gems in it. In the first row was a sardius stone, a topaz, an emerald;

11 in the second was a garnet, a sapphire, and a jasper;

12 in the third was a zircon, an agate, and an amethyst;

13 in the fourth was a chrysolite, an onyx, and a beryl, surrounded and enclosed in gold by their rows.

14 And these twelve stones were engraved with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, each one with a single name.

15 They also made, in the breastplate, little chains linked to one another, from the purest gold,

16 and two hooks, and the same number of gold rings. Moreover, they set the rings at both sides of the breastplate,

17 from which two golden chains would hang, which they connected with the hooks that projected from the corners of the ephod.

18 These were both in front and in back so that they met one another, and so that the ephod and the breastplate were woven together,

19 being fastened to the wide belt and strongly coupled with rings, to which a hyacinth band was joined, lest they should shake loose and be moved away from one another, just as the Lord instructed Moses.

20 They also made the tunic of the ephod entirely from hyacinth,

21 with the head in the upper part at the middle, and a woven edge all around the head.

22 Then, at the feet below, they also made pomegranates from hyacinth, purple, vermillion, and fine twisted linen,

23 and little bells from the purest gold, which they set between the pomegranates at the very bottom of the tunic all around.

24 So then, the high priest approached, adorned with gold bell and pomegranate, when he performed his ministry, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

25 They also made fine linen tunics with woven work, for Aaron and his sons,

26 and headdresses with their little crowns of fine linen,

27 and also linen undergarments of fine linen.

28 Truly, they also made a wide band of fine twisted linen, hyacinth, purple, as well as vermillion, twice-dyed, with skillful embroidery, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

29 They also made the plate of sacred veneration from the purest gold, and they wrote on it, with the skill of a jeweler: “Holy to the Lord.”

30 And they fastened it to the headdress with a hyacinth band, just as the Lord had instructed Moses.

31 And so all the work of the tabernacle and of the covering of the testimony was completed. And the sons of Israel did all that the Lord had instructed Moses.

32 And they offered the tabernacle, and the covering, and all of the articles: the rings, the panels, the bars, the columns and bases,

33 the cover of the skins of rams, dyed red, and the other cover of violet skins,

34 the veil, the ark, the bars, the propitiatory,

35 the table, with its vessels and the bread of the presence,

36 the lampstand, the lamps, and their utensils with the oil,

37 the altar of gold, and the ointment, and the incense of aromatics,

38 and the tent at the entrance of the tabernacle,

39 the altar of brass, the grating, the bars, and all of its vessels, the washtub with its base, the hangings of the atrium, and the columns with their bases,

40 the hanging at the entrance of the atrium, and their little cords and pegs. Nothing was lacking of the articles that were commanded to be made for the ministry of the tabernacle and for the covering of the covenant.

41 Likewise, the vestments, which the priests, namely, Aaron and his sons, make use of use in the Sanctuary,

42 the sons of Israel offered, just as the Lord had instructed.

43 After this, when Moses saw that everything was completed, he blessed them.

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1 The just man perishes, and there is no one who acknowledges it in his heart; and men of mercy are taken away, for there is no one who understands. For the just man has been taken away before the face of malice.

2 Let peace arrive. Let he who has walked in his righteousness find rest on his bed.

3 But come here, you sons of the prophetess, you offspring of an adulterous man and a fornicating woman.

4 Whom are you mocking? Against whom have you opened your mouth wide and wagged your tongue? Are you not sons of wickedness, a lying offspring,

5 who are being consoled by idols under every leafy tree, immolating little children at the torrents, under the high rocks?

6 Your portion is in the currents of the torrent; this is your lot! And you yourselves have poured out libations to them; you have offered sacrifice. Should I not be angry over these things?

7 Upon a high and lofty mountain, you have placed your bed, and you have ascended to that place to immolate victims.

8 And behind the door, and beyond the post, you have set up your memorial. For you uncovered yourself next to me, and you received an adulterer. You widened your bed, and you formed a pact with them. You loved their bed with an open hand.

9 And you have adorned yourself for the king with ointments, and you have increased your cosmetics. You have sent your representatives to distant places, and you have debased yourself all the way to Hell.

10 You have been wearied by the multitude of your own ways. Yet you did not say, “I will cease.” You have found life by your own hand; because of this, you have not prayed.

11 For whose sake have you been anxiously afraid, so that you would lie and not be mindful of me, nor consider me in your heart? For I am silent, and I am like someone who does not see, and so you have forgotten me.

12 I will announce your justice, and your works will not benefit you.

13 When you cry out, let your followers free you. But the wind will carry them all away; a breeze will take them up. But he who has faith in me will inherit the earth and will possess my holy mountain.

14 And I will say: “Make way! Grant passage! Move to the side of the path! Take the obstacles out of the way of my people!”

15 For this is said by the Most High, the Sublime One, who dwells in eternity. And his name is Holy, for he dwells in the exalted and holy place, and he acts with a restrained and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

16 For I will not contend unceasingly, and I will not be angry to the end. For I will exhale my breath, and the Spirit will go forth from my face.

17 Because of the iniquity of his avarice, I was angry, and I struck him down. I concealed my face from you, and I was angry. And he went astray by wandering in his heart.

18 I saw his ways, and I healed him, and I led him back again, and I restored consolations to him and to those who mourn for him.

19 I created the fruit of the lips: peace, peace to him who is far away, and peace to him who is near, said the Lord, and I healed him.

20 But the impious are like the raging sea, which is not able to be quieted, and its waves stir up dirt and mud.

21 There is no peace for the impious, says the Lord God.

Psalms: Psalms – 28:4-9

4 Give them according to their works, and according to the wickedness of their inventions. According to the works of their hands give thou to them: render to them their reward.

5 Because they have not understood the works of the Lord, and the operations of his hands: thou shalt destroy them, and shalt not build them up.

6 Blessed be the Lord, for he hath heard the voice of my supplication.

7 The Lord is my helper and my protector: in him hath my heart confided, and I have been helped. And my flesh hath flourished again, and with my will I will give praise to him.

8 The Lord is the strength of his people, and the protector of the salvation of his anointed.

9 Save, O Lord, thy people, and bless thy inheritance: and rule them and exalt them for ever.

New Testament: Mark – 4:21-40

21 And he said to them: “Would someone enter with a lamp in order to place it under a basket or under a bed? Would it not be placed upon a lampstand?

22 For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. Neither was anything done in secret, except that it may be made public.

23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

24 And he said to them: “Consider what you hear. With whatever measure you have measured out, it shall be measured back to you, and more shall be added to you.

25 For whoever has, to him it shall be given. And whoever has not, from him even what he has shall be taken away.”

26 And he said: “The kingdom of God is like this: it is as if a man were to cast seed on the land.

27 And he sleeps and he arises, night and day. And the seed germinates and grows, though he does not know it.

28 For the earth bears fruit readily: first the plant, then the ear, next the full grain in the ear.

29 And when the fruit has been produced, immediately he sends out the sickle, because the harvest has arrived.”

30 And he said: “To what should we compare the kingdom of God? Or to what parable should we compare it?

31 It is like a grain of mustard seed which, when it has been sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds which are in the earth.

32 And when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all the plants, and it produces great branches, so much so that the birds of the air are able to live under its shadow.”

33 And with many such parables he spoke the word to them, as much as they were able to hear.

34 But he did not speak to them without a parable. Yet separately, he explained all things to his disciples.

35 And on that day, when evening had arrived, he said to them, “Let us cross over.”

36 And dismissing the crowd, they brought him, so that he was in one boat, and other boats were with him.

37 And a great wind storm occurred, and the waves broke over the boat, so that the boat was being filled.

38 And he was in the stern of the boat, sleeping on a pillow. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, does it not concern you that we are perishing?”

39 And rising up, he rebuked the wind, and he said to the sea: “Silence. Be stilled.” And the wind ceased. And a great tranquility occurred.

40 And he said to them: “Why are you afraid? Do you still lack faith?” And they were struck with a great fear. And they said to one another, “Who do you think this is, that both wind and sea obey him?”

Simplest Bible in a Year plan compiled using the “Catholic Public Domain Version Bible“. This is not the Readings at the Mass. For the Mass Readings, check the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible or the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
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