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Today's second reading gives a specific prophecy against the rich and powerful who believe that their wealth and influence will protect them. (After all, such people usually find ways to survive -- and even keep doing what they were doing -- unlike regular people. This doesn't just happen in modern times; it has always happened.) While they pretend disinterest in what is happening, God warns that they will suffer. Indeed, it sounds like most of the wealthy and powerful will be killed by the invading army, which God deems a just punishment for their behavior and their worship of false gods.
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