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Clevelanddiocese 1st Reading - Malachi 3:19-20a (Malachi 4:1-2a in all translations but the New American Bible) This book gets its name from the phrase in 1:1 which is translated in 3:1. Malachi 1:…More
Clevelanddiocese 1st Reading - Malachi 3:19-20a (Malachi 4:1-2a in all translations but the New American Bible) This book gets its name from the phrase in 1:1 which is translated in 3:1. Malachi 1:1 says “The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi” and 3:1 says “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way for me.” Malachi means “my messenger.” Who this messenger was, no one knows. He is believed to have written this book after the rebuilding of the Temple (515 B.C.) and before the reform work of Esdras (458 B.C.). Malachi is wholly concerned with the religious conditions of the Jewish community. He shows himself to be a patriotic Jew unable to tolerate mixed marriages lest the land become “unclean” from the “abominable and sensuous” types of worship common among the pagans. Staunchly loyal to his religion, he cannot remain silent at the sight of a priesthood that is ignorant, indulgent, and grasping. As a result, the people are very easygoing, and weak in the …More