Psalm 80:9+12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
In today’s First Reading we hear a poem from the beginning of Isaiah’s prophetic ministry to Israel. The basic image is a vine planted in a field with great care. The nation Israel is often seen by various prophets as a choice vine. The prophet’s friend is the God Who has called Isaiah and Who had given Israel a fertile land and planted Israel there with great saving-love.
"I give you praise, Father, …you have revealed them to the childlike"
"Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said: 'I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.'" Jesus rejoices at the fatherhood of God: he rejoices because it has been given to him to reveal this fatherhood; he rejoices, finally, as at a particular outpouring of this divine fatherhood on the "little ones." And the evangelist describes all this as "rejoicing in the Holy Spirit."…
Baruch 1:15-22; Luke 10:13-16
In today’s Gospel, Jesus has harsh words for people living in two towns. They were with him, heard him speaking, and saw what he did. However his presence, preaching, and actions did not move and transform them, did not cause them to recognize if they are on a wrong path and need to change their ways, and did not lead to a conversion experience. His words for people in Capernaum were even stronger because they not only ignored but even rejected him and his Good News.