The Epistle describes the history of the many evils that befell the ancient Jew after his rejection of the True God and his worship of the flesh. At the same time it comforts us that there is a distinction between temptation and sin, and that temptation is only the test of character, for "God is my helper" (Introit), Who will "save the humble people" (Offertory) that "hopeth in Him" (Communion).
The Gospel depicts a pathetic picture of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. "If thou hadst known." It tells of the Jews" defilement of God's house, of their future destruction as a chosen race.
We must learn from the Epistle which was "written for our correction." If our prayers deserve to be heard, we must learn to "ask only for those things pleasing to God" (Prayer).
We must be Christians of lively faith and learn to see "His Name in the whole earth" (Gradual); praying Him to defend us from enemies that would destroy His Name on earth or His image in our soul. Finally, if we learn to "eat" His Flesh worthily now (Communion), we shall one day learn that His Judgments are sweet (Offertory).
Today is Feast of St. Alexis C. of the IV Century who gave up a life of ease in the family home. Giving up all, St. Alexis, who practiced the most severe mortification, disguised himself and returned as a servant in the home of his Father, living under the porch. A church on the Aventine Way is dedicated to St. Alexis. Although St. Alexis is not commemorated under the 1962 rubrics of the Mass, pray to him for strength to give up a bit of the good life and make reparation for sin