Today's Readings; Look Them Up!
Our first reading today looks at the prophet Jeremiah, a faithful prophet of God speaking to the people about God's truth. But they don't want to hear that truth, so they make plans to persecute him and eliminate him. Why do we read about Jeremiah today as we approach Holy Week? The persecution and 'terror' that Jeremiah is experiencing is a foreshadowing of the more extreme terror that Jesus will go through. Jesus suffered that terror, and so much more, as he gave himself over to crucifixion for us.
But a very interesting part of the reading shows us that, in the midst of the persecution, Jeremiah says this, "But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion; my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!"
Jeremiah shows us that, even in the midst of trials, we should still Praise God!
Even in the midst of this trying time in our lives, we should still be Praising our God. We can trust our God, no matter what! If we live in trust, and not in fear, others will notice, and we will strengthen their trust too.
So sing songs of Praise to God today. Lift up your heart, and your voice, praising the God who has already won the victory over sin and death. and try not to fear....because our God is Sovereign over all uncertainty.
In Christ's Peace.....