- 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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