The first reading warns us against exploitation and profiteering at the expense of the needy. The consequences of such behaviour will be dire and bring unhappiness and suffering. The responsorial psalm promises blessings for those who earnestly search for God’s teachings and seek to observe His commandments, reminding us that the word of God gives life and is more important than the physical sustenance provided by bread alone. The Gospel proclamation emphasizes that Jesus came to save sinners by extending mercy and forgiveness. His mission on earth is the embodiment of love of neighbour, culminating in the sacrifice of his life for our redemption. The warning against exploitation is relevant to a world obsessed by the pursuit of wealth, sometimes at the expense of the most vulnerable in society. Such behaviour is diametrically opposed to the commandments to love God and our neighbour. Instead, we are instructed to love others and extend forgiveness and mercy to those who may have harmed us.
Prayer: Abba Father, send your Spirit into our hearts to help us keep your commandments and to love our neighbour. Amen.