Memory of Jesus crucified

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Muslims celebrate the Festival of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha)


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jeremiah 26,1-9

At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, 'Yahweh says this, "Stand in the court of the Temple of Yahweh. To all the people from the towns of Judah who come to worship in the Temple of Yahweh you will say everything I have ordered you to say, not omitting one syllable. Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way: if so, I shall relent and not bring the disaster on them which I intend because of their misdeeds." Say to them, "Yahweh says this: If you will not listen to me and follow my Law which I have given you, and pay attention to the words of my servants the prophets whom I have never tired of sending to you, although you never have paid attention, I shall treat this Temple as I treated Shiloh, and make this city a curse for all the nations of the world." ' The priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words in the Temple of Yahweh. When Jeremiah had finished saying everything that Yahweh had ordered him to say to all the people, the priests and prophets and all the people seized hold of him and said, 'You will die for this! Why have you made this prophecy in Yahweh's name, "This Temple will become like Shiloh, and this city become an uninhabited ruin"?' And the people all crowded in on Jeremiah in the Temple of Yahweh.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The prophet is almost overwhelmed by his vocation to serve the Word. His very liberty is identified with this service. The prophet - but so it is for all of Jesus' disciples - does not calculate the possible dangers to his life when he speaks. As a child and friend of the Word that has been entrusted to him, he communicates at the right time and the wrong time, as the apostle will say. The prophet's life is tied to his mission; he cannot renounce the calling he has received. Jeremiah immediately experiences the price of his mission. The sacred author notes: "And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him." The same thing will happen to Jesus, who was arrested by those who did not want to recognize him as the Messiah. Neither Jeremiah nor Jesus spoke for himself. And they did not consider their mission less important than their safety. Both spoke in the name of the Lord and addressed their messages to the people's hearts. Even when it meant persecution. There were some who accepted Jeremiah's words and understood that they were spoken for everyone's good. Their wisdom led them to oppose the decision made by the chiefs of the temple, who were only concerned with maintaining their position. Jeremiah was able to escape death. Those who had accepted his words and turned from their "evil way" (v. 3) saved him. And the Word of the Lord was not rendered ineffective by the unspeakable interests of the leaders of the temple. The world is saved when there are righteous people who recognize God's voice and try to make it prevail over confusion and lies.