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An ever-burning candle in sanctuaries in many church traditions bears witness to the command given to Moses in today’s verse. From the appearance of God in the ever-burning bush before Moses and later the faithfully burning fire by night that led God’s people out of Egypt, fire has been a sign of the presence of God.
The burning of the grain offering suggests taking this basic element of life as a symbol of the substance of you. Offer yourself to the Lord. You might take a candle as a way of recalling this offering. As it burns during your prayer, your essence, your substance, your “grain,” is offered to God.
St. Paul enjoins us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Light the candle of the heart to ever burn before the Lord.
What are these?
Inner sacred space for You 38:21ff
Clothing myself with the Christ 39:1ff
The breastplate of righteousness 39:8
You pitched Your tent among us. Jn 1:14
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.