2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
9 And when the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “Behold, he has set out to fight against you,” he sent messengers again to Hezekiah, saying,
10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, destroying them utterly. And shall you be delivered?
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: “O LORD the God of Israel, who art enthroned above the cherubim, thou art the God, thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.
16 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and hear; open thy eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God.
17 Of a truth, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands,18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone; therefore they were destroyed.
19 So now, O LORD our God, save us, I beseech thee, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou, O LORD, art God alone.”
20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: Your prayer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.
21 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: “She despises you, she scorns you–the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you–the daughter of Jerusalem.
31 for out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.32 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield or cast up a siege mound against it.
33 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, says the LORD.
34 For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.” 35 And that night the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.36 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went home, and dwelt at Nineveh.
6 “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
THE FIRST READING: Upon receiving correspondence from the Ethiopian King that Jerusalem would be attacked and destroyed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib, who mockingly asserted that the Hebrew God will not stand in their way to protect the Hebrew nation, implying that Yahweh is a deceiver. Hezekiah layed the matter in prayer before Yahweh in front of the ark of the covenant!
That very same night an angel of Yahweh slew one hundred and eighty five thousand Assyrians in the camp, making naught the threats of the Assyrian King!
THE GOSPEL READING: Whilst it is true and good that we pray for our enemies; those who harmed us and those who wish to do us harm, our Lord employ a metaphor (v6) to emphasize that it is a sacriledge to give Holy Communion and or offer up the Holy Eucharist for any person or secular authority who mock the omnipotence and omiscience of God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit!
We are called to take the moral highground, excercise sound judgement by walking along the narrow path when we are attacked by the devil and his henceman. Moreover we must resist the temptation to repay bad with bad, instead we are called to humbly approach the Tabernacle and with joy, prayerfully place the evil threats of our enemies at the feet of Christ Jesus.
LET US PRAY: Psalms 48:2-4,10-11
2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.3 Within her citadels God has shown himself a sure defense.
4 For lo, the kings assembled, they came on together 10 As thy name, O God, so thy praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Thy right hand is filled with victory;
11 let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of thy judgments!
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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