Greetings on this the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; PS 74:1b-2, 3-5, 6-7, 20-21; Lk 2:41-51
Notes: We find our best path forward by worship of the Lord and to seek the right path for men and God by Listening and Questioning.
News: Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States, June 24, 2022, yesterday. I will write separately on the topic.
The Lord’s Wrath and Zion’s Ruin
The Book of Lamentations is a collection of five poems that serve as an anguished response to the destruction of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., after a long siege by the invading Babylonian army. Jewish liturgical tradition considers the book one of the “scrolls” (megillot); it is read once a year on the ninth of Av (August–September), a fast day commemorating the destruction of both the first Temple in 587 B.C. and the second Temple in A.D. 70 (NABRE).
Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; They beheld for you in vision false and misleading portents.
Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones.
Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God and pondered it in her heart.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.
Peace be with you,