Book of Baruch
"Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah
and citizens of Jerusalem,
that we, with our kings and
rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers,
have sinned in the LORD'S sight
him. We have neither heeded the voice of the LORD, our God, nor followed the precepts which the LORD
set before us.
From the time the LORD led our fathers
out of the land of Egypt until the present day, we have been disobedient to the LORD, our God, and
only too ready to disregard his voice.
And the evils
and the curse which the LORD enjoined upon Moses, his servant, at the time he led our fathers forth
from the land of Egypt to give us the land flowing with milk and honey, cling to us even
For we did not heed the voice of the LORD, our
God, in all the words of the prophets whom he sent us,
but each one of us went off after the devices of our own wicked hearts, served other gods,
and did evil in the sight of the LORD, our God.
A psalm of Asaph. O God, the nations have invaded your heritage; they
have defiled your holy temple, have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
They have left the corpses of your servants as food for the birds of the heavens, the
flesh of your faithful for the beasts of the earth.
They have spilled their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and no one is left to bury
We have become the reproach of our neighbors, the
scorn and derision of those around us.
How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your rage keep burning
Do not hold past iniquities against us; may
your compassion come quickly, for we have been brought very low.
Help us, God our savior, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, pardon our sins for your
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:13-16.
Woe to you,
Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre
and Sidon, they would long ago have repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than
And as for you, Capernaum, 'Will you be
exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.'"
Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects
me rejects the one who sent me."
Commentary of the day
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of
Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Discourses on the Psalms, Ps 50, §23
listens to you listens to me"
Someone, having listened to the verse: «Offer to God a sacrifice of
praise» (Ps 50.14), said to himself: «I will go to church every day when I get up and sing a
morning hymn; then an evening hymn at the end of the day and then, in my own home, a third and
fourth hymn. This is how I will make a sacrifice of praise every day and offer it to my God.» It is
good to do this if you do it in truth, but beware of placing your confidence in what you do and fear
lest, while your tongue is speaking eloquently before God, your life may be speaking badly... Take
care you don't live evilly while speaking well.
Why is this so? Because God says to the
sinner: «Why do you recite my commandments and profess my covenant with your mouth, [you who cast my
words behind you]?» (v.16-17). You see how anxiously we have to speak to you... But as for you, my
brothers, you are safe: if you hear good things being spoken then it is God you hear, no matter
whose mouth is speaking to you. Yet God has not wanted to leave those who are speaking to you
without warning them, lest they rest peacefully in their disordered lives thinking they are speaking
about what is good, saying to themselves: «God will not allow us to be lost, those of us through
whom he has wanted to speak such good things to his people». So, you who speak, whoever you may be,
listen to what you are saying; you who wish to be heard, listen first of all to yourselves... God
grant that I may be the first to listen, God grant that I may listen and hear even more than
everyone else «what God proclaims, for he speaks peace to his people» (Ps 85,9).