St. Salvator of Horta
The Jewish officials were plotting against Jesus. There was conspiracy everywhere. Rumors, crowds, trickery. Sounds a lot like Jr. High. If you have a middle-schooler, they may be feeling some of the same things that Jeremiah expresses in the first reading.
One more thing: It's hard to soothe a hurting heart that has been embarrassed and betrayed. Today's psalm brings comfort to someone hurting from betrayal. Teach your children to pray, "Oh Lord, my God, in you I take refuge" when they are feeling threatened by false friends.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I can not protect my children from all the hurts of the world. Thank you for your comforting words. Help me to teach my children to rely on your word when they are hurting. St. Salvator, pray for me. Amen.