We have remained in our guilt
Today is the feast of St. Matthew. If it were not, Wednesday of the 25th Week OT — A will have the following readings:
Ezra’s Confession of Guilt
Once more we jump a few chapters and now find ourselves in Ezra 9 and Ezra’s "Confession of Guilt". To put ourselves in context, below is a run-down of the remaining chapters of Ezra.
- the arrival of Ezra
- Ezra the scribe arrives in Jerusalem (7,1-10)
- the mandate of Ezra (7,11-26)
- Ezra’s Account
- Ezra’s berukah (7,27-28)
- those who returned with Ezra (8,1-14)
- the journey to Jerusalem (8,15-36)
- Report about Mixed Marriages (9,1-2)
- Ezra’s Exhortation (9,3-15)
- Reaction of the People (10,1-4)
- Continuation of Third Person Narrative
- Proclamation of the Assembly of Men (10,5-8)
- The Decision to separate the males and the foreign wives they married (10,9-15)
- those who married foreign wives (10,16-44)
Ezra’s work began under the reign of Artaxerxes, son of Xerxes.
From the remaining chapters of Ezra, it would appear that the scribe’s work was to ensure that the future generation of Jews would be pure. The first step is to separate the male Jews from their foreign wives. But this is just one of the things that Ezra did; the book of Nehemiah will report other things.
The selection for the reading is taken from Ezra’s "exhortation" where a confession of guilt in the name of Israel is also addressed to God, a recitation, so to speak of the sins of Israel and the present sinful situation in which the Jews find themselves.
Jesus Sends the Apostles
The sending of the Twelve is narrated in all three synoptic gospels. In Luke, what is unique is that it will be followed later by the sending of the Seventy-Two. Beginning 8:1 we find the Twelve with Jesus as he was "preaching and showing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God." These were the Twelve whom he called to himself (6:13-16) from among his disciples. It is to them that he shares his power, authority (over demons) and mission.
"He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick."
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