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

Commentary on Jeremiah 17:5-10

The theme of today’s Mass concerns priorities and is about our responsibilities to those around us. It deals with Cain’s question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” and the story of the beggar (Lazarus) and the rich man.

In the First Reading, Jeremiah makes a strong contrast between two kinds of people:

those who think they are self-sufficient; who are immersed in the material world and ignore the place of God in their lives. They feel they ’have it made’; and

those who put all their trust in God and in the way of life that God suggests.

The lives of the first type are basically arid and empty:

They shall be like a shrub in the desert...

They have no eye for what is really good. Surro … Continue

Yesterday’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, hon … Continue

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