is to be rebuilt as a place for offering sacrifices and bringing
burnt offerings. The costs are to be borne by the royal house.
Also, let the gold and silver vessels of the house of God
which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple of Jerusalem
and brought to Babylon be sent back; let them be returned
to their place in the temple of Jerusalem and deposited in
the house of God.”
Read, Ponder, Pray on a word or phrase from this or another of
today’s Scriptures (Lectio Divina, p. 362)
The city shall be rebuilt on its own ruins, a citadel
restored where it should be.
Canticle of Zechariah (inside front cover)
Compassionate God, you hear the prayer of the poor. In
hope we pray: r. Clothe our hearts in mercy, O God.
Heal those who suffer relationship wounds, and
strengthen your Church in reconciliation and
Help us to end abortion and support pregnant women
with compassion and medical care. r.
Hear the groaning of prisoners, and protect their
Our Father . . .
May God sustain us, carry us, and gently wipe away every
tear from our eyes, through Christ the healer. Amen.