Day 190: Judah is Overrun

2 Kings 24:1-20 Babylon emerged as a powerful empire and took much of the land held by Egypt. Several waves of Babylonian invaders descended upon Jerusalem and put many people to death. Then, under Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem, where the young King Jehoiachin surrendered three months into his reign. All but the poorest and simplest citizens were carried away to Babylon along with all the riches and spoils of war. Nebuchadnezzar installed Zedekiah, a son of Josiah and another idol-worshiper, as a puppet King of Judah.

2 Chronicles 35:1-26 Josiah renewed the Passover feast, and the ceremonies and rituals took on additional significance under the service of the priests. In an earlier narrative, Josiah was killed unexpectedly when he met with Pharaoh Neco (cf. 2 Kgs 23:29), but in this account, he went into battle against Neco and was killed.

Proverbs 8:22-31 Creation and the Revelation of God’s covenant are intimately connected. Wisdom, the Word of God, was present before the beginning of time, and part of this wisdom is expressed through the marvels of creation. Moral law is derived from the eternal wisdom of God; natural law is accessible to everyone since it is inscribed in the heart of every person. So everyone could enjoy the certainty of moral law and its ramifications, God explicitly revealed it to Moses. For any law to be binding, it must reflect, or at least be in keeping with, natural law. This is the First Reading at Mass on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year C. (CCC 268, 1950-1956)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we thank you and give you praise. Thank you for your wisdom, your wisdom that goes forth from you, your wisdom which created the world. It is true, Lord God, that when we listen to you and we keep your ways, we are happy. We are blessed. Help us to hear instruction and be wise. Help us to watch daily at the gates of wisdom. Help us to find wisdom and therefore find life and obtain favor from you. Thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for this day. Once again, we pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen.”