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Melanie Coddington

October 18, 2021, by Melanie Coddington
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52   The destruction of Jerusalem and the deporting of Judah’s notable citizenry in 587 B.C. mark the start of what biblical scholars call the Babylonian captivity. Though God eventually brought the people back to the site of the former city through the agency of one Cyrus of Persia, the Jewish people never quite recovered from the loss. Their 50-plus years in a strange land had strong and lasting effects. In today’s first reading, a hopeful oracle composed in response to the destruction of the northern kingdom, Israel, by its Assyrian conquerors has been reframed by Jeremiah, in the context of the Babylonian captivity. Many…
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