Day 254: Judgment of Nations

Jeremiah 47:1-7 The Philistines, a frequent nemesis of the Israelites, seemed to be slated for destruction. They, too, had shown themselves to be poor warriors.

Ch 48:1-47 Moab was a proud and pagan people who sometimes battled with the Israelites. As punishment for their pride, they would be attacked from the north, and their nation would fall inexorably city by city until there was nothing left.

Lamentations 2:1-22 Since the sinful ways of the people unleashed God’s anger, the second lamentation appeals to the mercy of God. Judah had long suffered from sinful leaders and false prophets who tolerated and promoted idolatry instead of exhorting the people to interior reform. Idolatry, a frequent sin in ancient Israel, is a grave offense against the First Commandment. The Sacred Author urged repentance and sincere prayer as a possible remedy to the plight of Jerusalem. (CCC 2110-2114, 2811)

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

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise. We thank you so much. Thank you for your Word once again spoken to us today. We ask you to please fill our hearts and our minds with your words that we can see and love like you see, like you love. Make us more and more like you by filling our hearts and filling our minds with the way you speak, the way you see, the way you act, the way you love, the way you bring about justice. God, help us to understand your heart. Help us to understand you. So that we can get closer to you. So that we can trust you more deeply. And so that we can be your image, your image in this world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”