St. Augustine’s reflection, which is paired with this reading, on this occasion speaks of prayer: “[S]ince this [that we pray for] is that peace that surpasses all understanding, even when we ask for it in prayer we do not know how to pray for what is right…”; from there he explains what it means that the Holy Spirit pleads for the saints.
Baruch 3:9–15, 24–4:4 is a liturgical reading for the Saturday of the same week. The theme is that the salvation of Israel is founded on wisdom: “Learn where prudence is, … that you may know also where are length of days, and life, where light of the eyes, and peace. Who has found the place of wisdom, who has entered into her treasuries? … She is the book of the precepts of God, … All who cling to her will live… Turn, O Jacob, and receive her: … Give not your glory to another, your privileges to an alien race.” Paired with this on the same day is a reading from St. Peter Chrysologus, d. AD 450, who quotes the Apostle: “let us also wear the likeness of the man of heaven”.