Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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Memorial of Porrajamos, the massacre of the Roma and Sinti people by the Nazis during the Second World War. Memorial of blessed Ceferino Gimenéz Malla, a Gitano martyr killed in Spain in 1936. We remember Yaguine and Fodé, two boys 15 an d14 years old from Guinea Conakry, who died because of cold in 1999 while they were trying to fly to Europe where they dreamt to study hidden in the cargo hold of an airplane.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jeremiah 30,1-2.12-15.18-22

The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, as follows, 'Yahweh, God of Israel, says this, "Write for yourself in a book all the words I have spoken to you. Yes, Yahweh says this: Your wound is incurable, your injury past healing. There is no one to plead your cause; for an ulcer there are remedies, but for you no cure at all. All your lovers have forgotten you, they look for you no more. Yes, I have struck you as an enemy strikes, with cruel punishment (because of your great guilt and countless sins). Why cry out because of your wound? Your pain is incurable! Because of your great guilt and countless sins, I have treated you like this. Yahweh says this: Look, I shall restore the tents of Jacob and take pity on his dwellings: the town will be rebuilt on its mound, the stronghold where it ought to stand. From them will come thanksgiving and shouts of joy. I shall make them increase, they will not decrease; I shall make them honoured, no more to be humbled. Their sons will be as once they were, their community fixed firmly before me, and I shall punish all their oppressors. Their prince will be one of their own, their ruler come from their own people, and I shall permit him to approach me freely; for who, otherwise, would be so bold as to approach me, Yahweh demands? You will be my people and I shall be your God.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Lord says to Jeremiah: "Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you. For the days are surely coming... when I will restore the fortunes of my people... and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it." This is how the part of the book of the prophet Jeremiah called "the book of consolation" starts. The Lord who loves Israel more than they love themselves, decides to intervene again and free them: "I am going to restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob ... the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound." The people can look at the future with hope: the land that the Lord had given them would return into their possession. The experience of Exodus repeats itself. The question that raises also for us is: would they understand this new intervention from God? It is crucial for believers to listen to the Lord and his Word. He does not keep at a distance. The Lord is not mute. He continues to speak and teach to his people: "But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, ...do not be dismayed, O Israel; for I am going to save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity." "I am with you... to save you," the Lord assures his people. The Lord's compassion was the great medicine that could cure the deep wound of Israel's betrayal. In order to reassure his people even more the Lord promises a saviour: He "has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David" (Lk 1:69). Jeremiah's prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus, the Messiah King who came from the same people, from the tribe of Judah and from the family of David. Jesus' disciples are the people who belong to the Lord through his covenant of love: "And you shall be my people, and I will be your God." The alliance with the Lord is the medicine that heals and continuous listening daily to the Word of God the light and strength that help the path of peace.