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Fear Not

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Today’s Readings

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  • Reading I:  Baruch 4:5-29 (passim)
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 69
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 10:17-24

Today is also the Memorial of St. Therese of LisieuxLink to the Saint of the Day

Personified Jerusalem Consoles Her Sons in Exile

The selection from Baruch is part of the discourse of Jerusalem, here personified as a mother consoling her sons in exile: Baruch 4:5-9 us the introduction and fRomans 4:10-29 is the discourse of Jerusalem.

Just as the Book of Lamentations gave us a picture of Jerusalem bereft as a widow mourning the loss of her husband and children, so now, she appears as a mother encouraging her children and praying to God that He will take them back.

The Responsorial Psalm (LXIX) expresses the certainty that God will not reject the prayer of the poor and that He will indeed save Zion and restore its inhabitants.

The Experience of the In-Breaking of God’s Reign

To the disciples’ report about the subjection of demons to them, Jesus informs them that he has seen the defeat of Satan (18), and that he has given his disciples authority over his cohorts (19), but that all this is secondary to the fact that the disciples have taken the place of Satan in heaven. This knowledge moves Jesus to heave a thanksgiving to the Father who has revealed (positive for "has not hidden") these things to those who, are small and weak. And in an aside Jesus turns to the reader or listener and informs them of the tight bond of intimacy that joins him, the Father and the disciples, the ones whom the Son has chosen to reveal Him (22). And finally he turns to the disciples themselves, and tells them the value of what they have seen and heard (23-24)

Seen from the perspective of an experience as "sent" the passage can be understood as the theological basis for every gain that is made on the mission field. What the returning disciples experienced was the breaking forth of the rule of God, what the prophets and kings of the past have desired to see. They’ve experienced it as the subjection of demons to their authority, but actually the experience points to their names "being written in the heavens." Satan has been displaced from the place where he exercised his rule. The disciples have proleptically taken his place. But this is just a foretaste of what is yet to come, since full victory will be had only after the Lord’s Passover has been completed. So at that hour (Note the Johanine sound!) Jesus rejoices with the disciples, a rejoicing that he expresses in prayer.

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Baruch 4:5-29
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5Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of Israel:
6You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are delivered to your adversaries.
7For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
8For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you.
9For she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, and she said: Give ear, all you that dwell near Sion, for God hath brought upon me great mourning:
10For I have seen the captivity of my people, of my sons, and my daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
11For I nourished them with joy: but I sent them away with weeping and mourning.
12Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and desolate: I am forsaken of many for the sins of my children, because they departed from the law of God.
13And they have not known his justices, nor walked by the ways of God's commandments, neither have they entered by the paths of his truth and justice.
14Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Eternal hath brought upon them.
15For he hath brought a nation upon them from afar, a wicked nation, and of a strange tongue:
16Who have neither reverenced the ancient, nor pitied children, and have carried away the beloved of the widow, and have left me all alone without children.
17But as for me, what help can I give you?
18But he that hath brought the evils upon you, he will deliver you out of the hands of your enemies.
19Go your way, my children, go your way: for I am left alone.
20I have put off the robe of peace, and have put upon me the sackcloth of supplication, and I will cry to the most High in my days.
21Be of good comfort, my children, cry to the Lord, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the princes your enemies.
22For my hope is in the Eternal that he will save you: and joy is come upon me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall come to you from our everlasting Saviour.
23For I sent you forth with mourning and weeping: but the Lord will bring you back to me with joy and gladness for ever.
24For as the neighbours of Sion have now seen your captivity from God: so shall they also shortly see your salvation from God, which shall come upon you with great honour, and everlasting glory.
25My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you: for thy enemy hath persecuted thee, but thou shalt quickly see his destruction: and thou shalt get up upon his neck.
26My delicate ones have walked rough ways, for they were taken away as a flock made a prey by the enemies.
27Be of good comfort, my children, and cry to the Lord: for you shall be remembered by him that hath led you away.
28For as it was your mind to go astray from God; so when you return again you shall seek him ten times as much.
29For he that hath brought evils upon you, shall bring you everlasting joy again with your salvation.
Luke 10:17-24
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17And the seventy-two returned with joy, saying: Lord, the devils also are subject to us in thy name.
18And he said to them: I saw Satan like lightening falling from heaven.
19Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you.
20But yet rejoice not in this, that spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice in this, that your names are written in heaven.
21In that same hour, he rejoiced in the Holy Ghost, and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight.
22All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and to whom the Son will reveal him.
23And turning to his disciples, he said: Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see.
24For I say to you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.
Baruch 4:5-9
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5Be of good comfort, O people of God, the memorial of Israel:
6You have been sold to the Gentiles, not for your destruction: but because you provoked God to wrath, you are delivered to your adversaries.
7For you have provoked him who made you, the eternal God, offering sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
8For you have forgotten God, who brought you up, and you have grieved Jerusalem that nursed you.
9For she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, and she said: Give ear, all you that dwell near Sion, for God hath brought upon me great mourning:
Romans 4:10-29
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10How then was it reputed? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the justice of the faith, which he had, being uncircumcised; that he might be the father of all them that believe, being uncircumcised, that unto them also it may be reputed to justice:
12And might be the father of circumcision; not to them only, that are of the circumcision, but to them also that follow the steps of the faithful, that is in the uncircumcision of our father Abraham.
13For not through the law was the promise to Abraham, or to his seed, that he should be heir of the world; but through the justice of faith.
14For if they who are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, the promise is made of no effect.
15For the law worketh wrath. For where there is no law, neither is there transgression.
16Therefore is it of faith, that according to grace the promise might be firm to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
17(As it is written: I have made thee a father of many nations,) before God, whom he believed, who quickeneth the dead; and calleth those things that are not, as those that are.
18Who against hope believed in hope; that he might be made the father of many nations, according to that which was said to him: So shall thy seed be.
19And he was not weak in faith; neither did he consider his own body now dead, whereas he was almost an hundred years old, nor the dead womb of Sara.
20In the promise also of God he staggered not by distrust; but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God:
21Most fully knowing, that whatsoever he has promised, he is able also to perform.
22And therefore it was reputed to him unto justice.
23Now it is not written only for him, that it was reputed to him unto justice,
24But also for us, to whom it shall be reputed, if we believe in him, that raised up Jesus Christ, our Lord, from the dead,
25Who was delivered up for our sins, and rose again for our justification.

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