Theme: Prepare the Way for the Lord
In the fifth year of the Babylonian exile around 583 BC, God raised the prophet Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary to speak to the Israelites about their sins. Hearing the words of the prophet Baruch, they went into the depths of their hearts, wept, fasted and prayed for forgiveness. They contributed some money and sent to the priest Jehoiakim and other priests in Jerusalem for holocaust and sin offering (cf. Baruch 1:1-7). As a result of their repentance and being true to His steadfast love especially on all repentant sinners, God forgave their sins, consoled them and blessed their land. This forgiveness, consolation and blessing of Jerusalem is what we see in the first reading (Baruch 5:1-9). In it, God promised to show the splendour of Jerusalem to every nation under heaven and He gave her the name “Peace through integrity and honour through steadfastness”. God also promised to flatten every high mountain, fill the valleys and make the ground level for the Israelites to walk back home in safety under the glory of God.