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Reading 1, Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29

5 Take courage, my people, memorial of Israel!

6 You were sold to the nations, but not for extermination. You provoked God; and so were delivered to your enemies,

7 since you had angered your Creator by offering sacrifices to demons, and not to God.

8 You had forgotten the eternal God who reared you. You had also grieved Jerusalem who nursed you,

9 for when she saw God's anger falling on you, she said: Listen, you neighbours of Zion: God has sent me great sorrow.

10 I have seen my sons and daughters taken into captivity, which the Eternal brought down on them.

11 I had reared them joyfully; in tears, in sorrow, I watched them go away.

12 Do not, any of you, exult over me, a widow, deserted by so many; I am bereaved because of the sins of my children, who turned away from the Law of God,

27 Take courage, my children, call on God: he who brought this on you will remember you.

28 As by your will you first strayed from God, so now turn back and search for him ten times harder;

29 for as he has been bringing down those disasters on you, so will he rescue you and give you eternal joy.


Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 69:33-35, 36-37

33 For God listens to the poor, he has never scorned his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth and seas, and all that stirs in them, acclaim him!

35 For God will save Zion, and rebuild the cities of Judah, and people will live there on their own land;

36 the descendants of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.


Gospel, Luke 10:17-24

17 The seventy-two came back rejoicing. 'Lord,' they said, 'even the devils submit to us when we use your name.'

18 He said to them, 'I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

19 Look, I have given you power to tread down serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you.

20 Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven.'

21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it has pleased you to do.

22 Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'

23 Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them by themselves, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see,

24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.'



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Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated "directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic." The 1973 French translation, the Bible de Jerusalem, is followed only "where the text admits to more than one interpretation." Introductions and notes, with some modifications, are taken from the Bible de Jerusalem.

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