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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 2 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on Jeremiah 18:18-20

Today’s readings continue in a slightly different direction from that of yesterday: the need for someone who is a servant to not expect a reward. Doing the right things in the right way because they are right, and not for glory, honour, praise or reward.

There are plots against the prophet Jeremiah. People find his teaching uncomfortable and they want to get rid of him. He is seen as a trouble-maker. In the eyes of his critics, getting rid of Jeremiah will make their own lives easier. Without him around to pronounce harsh truths, the work of the priests, sages and other prophets can go on just as before. Their words are so bland and harmless, and lull people into complacency as they have always done.

But Jeremiah is puzzled. R … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of Week 2 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 1:10,16-20

Today’s reading is an attack on hypocrisy and a call for humility in the presence of God and in the presence of our brothers and sisters. The passage is from the very beginning of Isaiah and is primarily an attack on the people&rsqu … Continue

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