Message From Father Maurer
I call to you all day long, have mercy on me, O Lord. You are good and forgiving, full of love for all who call to you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long.
O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
This line from the prophet Jeremiah is fairly arresting in today’s reading:
“You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. ”
Jeremiah bemoans that God has called him to preach the fall of Jerusalem. As a result, no one wanted hear him, he was rejected by everyone and ultimately branded a traitor.
Though I imagine Christians of each age have related to this passage, it sounds especially familiar to the modern ear. Who hasn’t bemoaned that we must stand for truths that are widely rejected—to the detriment of those who refuse to listen?
Yet Jeremiah’s conclusion also rings true. We can try to stop speaking the truth, but we find ourselves unable to keep silent. Whether its our conscience or simply the clear disaster that we see looming before those we care about, we return to being prophets despite ourselves.
There is a fruit of the Holy Spirit called ‘long-suffering’ - the willingness to endure despite trials. May we pray for this fruit in our lives, that we may be prophets to a world that ever needs the truth.