12th SUNDAY (A) June 21, 2020
By Jude Siciliano, OP
Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. "Faith Book" is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.
From today’s Jeremiah reading:
Jeremiah said, I hear the whisperings of many....
"All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine. ‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail and take our vengeance on him.’
But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion.
My persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph."
Can you identify with Jeremiah? Do you feel overburdened by responsibilities, or that your good deeds are misunderstood even by those closest to you? Do you sometimes want to shake your fist at God and shout, "What have you gotten me into?!" If you do, Jeremiah will stand with you and encourage you because that’s the way he felt.
However, he has more to say. Notice how his lament shifts – he turns to the God, who called him and to whom Jeremiah first said, "Yes." He prays a prayer of thanksgiving. How bold he is! He is anticipating God’s coming to help him even before he has proof of it. That’s "Jeremiah-faith."
So, we ask: