Day 250: Final wave of exile

Jeremiah 39:1-18 Zedekiah tried to escape the city but was caught by the enemy; his family was slain and he was blinded. Jeremiah was released from captivity and was treated well by Nebuchadnezzar, and Ebed-melech was promised that he would not be harmed or exiled by the Babylonians.

Ch 40:1-16 Set free by the Babylonians, Jeremiah chose to live in Mizpah, where Gedaliah, the appointed governor, had made his headquarters amid rumors of his planned assassination. Some Jews who had fled the neighboring territories during the siege returned to live in Judah. 

Judith 10:1-23 Adorning herself further before seeking out Holofernes with her maid, Judith enraptured the Assyrians with her beauty and pretended to be a traitor to Israel who would help the enemy win a swift victory. 

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

The Jewish Community in Jerusalem

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and glory. Thank you so much. God in Heaven, we thank you so much. You are the Lord of Heaven and Earth. You are Lord of ALL. You are Lord of EVERYTHING. And we know that you are also the Lord of our stories. We know that you are the Lord of history. And that also means that you are the Lord of our history. You are the Lord of our past. You are the Lord of our future. And, Lord God, you are the Lord of our present. At this moment, we place ourselves under your dominion. We place ourselves under your lordship, under your kingship, under your guidance, under your will, under your rule, under you. Because we can trust in you. And so we do. We trust in you today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”