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Today’s Readings – Saturday of week 25 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Zech 2:5-9, 14-15

Today, we have the first of three readings from the prophet Zechariah. The book is closely, very closely, linked with Haggai whom we have been reading over the previous two days. The introduction is dated Oct-Nov, 520 BC, only weeks away from the prophecy of Haggai.

The Book of Zechariah consists of two distinct parts: chaps. 1-8 and 9-14. The first part is concerned with Israel’s messianic future, emanating from the Temple. It begins with eight visions and today’s reading is taken from the third of these. The second part of the book (from which the other two readings will be taken) is entirely different and seems to be another work altogether, written at a later time, perhaps under the reign of Alexander the Great (who had … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Friday of week 25 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Hag 1:15-2:9

Another exhortation from the prophet to the returned exiles in Jerusalem. It is a message from God through the mouth of the prophet and directed especially to Zerubbabel, the governor of the city, and Joshua, the high priest. In the second yea … Continue

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