+ Behold, our savior will come; you need no longer fear
Reading #1 – Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13;
Reading #2 – Jeremiah 1:4-10;
REFLECT: Jeremiah’s ministry was one of the longest and hardest of all the prophets. That’s why he is sometimes called “the weeping prophet.” Yet, in the description of his call-in today’s reading, God reassured the young man that God would give him the words and would be with him through it all. Though God promised protection, Jeremiah suffered great persecution, imprisonment and conflict. Nevertheless, Jeremiah’s experience of being called was that it was not an afterthought by God, but was planned from before the prophet’s birth. And the words he spoke were not his own, but were those of God. Some of his words would be comforting and uplifting and some would be confrontational and even destructive. This was because God’s Reign always confronts injustice and hatred, while nurturing love and the common good. Centuries later, John the Baptist proclaimed a similar message – so much so that some of his hearers thought he was Jeremiah reincarnated. Then, when Jesus came along with the same message again, people thought perhaps he was Jeremiah returned. But there was no need for a specific prophet to come back from the dead. God’s message has been essentially the same throughout the ages: those who align themselves with the compassion, generosity, servanthood, and humility of God’s Reign are comforted and nurtured. But those who oppose love and justice find themselves in opposition to God. God never stops appointing messengers to carry his call and his challenge into the world. Jeremiah and John were just ordinary people, but their lives proclaimed God’s word. How is God calling you to be a Jeremiah to your world today?
DO: God’s prophets were masters at using their words to proclaim God’s message. But their words would have meant nothing if their lives had not proclaimed the same message. In the same way, as we seek to share the message of God’s grace in Christ, it is not just our words but our lives that matter. Today let your life, and your words, proclaim the grace, love and justice of God.
PRAY: In all I say and all I do, O God, may my life proclaim your word.
PRAY: As I listen for your voice, O God, so I become more alert to the signs of your coming.:
Faithful God Hear our Prayer.
For all who suffer, that they may find comfort through their faith, we pray.
For all those who minister to the sick, that they be signs of God’s love we pray.
For doctors, nurses and caregivers, that their actions be done with love we pray.
For Ourselves, that we always believe that God holds us gently we pray.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Look with favor, O God.
On all our needs
And hear our pleas when we cry out to you.
Grant to us, the faith of the centurion,
That we might give you glory
For the mercy and compassion
That lifts us up with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever Amen!