Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22, Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23, Matthew 15:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Jeremiah 30:1-2. 12-15, 18-22
My Beloved, ever since God created us humans, we have played fast and loose with Him, we have blown hot and cold, we have not loved Him as well and as consistently as we ought, we forgot that we are accountable Him the God of love and preferred to wander to a far away land. Well we have suffered and continue to suffer the terrible consequences of our choices which have led us to sin grievously.
More often than not it is the innocent who pay the price of our wickedness. Our world is stained with the blood of the littlest most vulnerable of Your people and we have become anathema in Your sight, We haven only to look at our violence ridden, terror ridden, pain ridden world to see how far we have strayed from God. The blood of the innocents cry out to You and with every little life so carelessly snuffed out, our world gets a little darker and a little deadlier.
But God will not forget the Covenant He has made with us which was forged in love and with Your Blood. For Your sake and for the sake of the faithful remnant who will lay down their lives in imitation of You every promise You have made in verses 18-22 will be fulfilled.
The Lord says, “I will restore my people into Jacob’s tents and have pity on his dwellings. The city will be rebuilt over its ruins and the palace restored on its proper place. From them will come songs of praise and the sound of merrymaking.
I will multiply them and they shall not be few. I will bestow honor on them and they shall not be despised. Their children will be as before and their community will be established before me. I will ask their oppressors to account.
Their leader will be one of themselves, their ruler shall emerge from their midst. I will bring him close to me for who would dare to approach me? You shall be my people and I shall be your God.”
Thank You my Lord and my God!
Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23
My Beloved, this is the hope we have that God will not abandon His people, His chosen, His children. For Your sake, He will save us.
All the nations of the earth will worship You, all will know Your Name and come to Your holy mountain to render You praise. You will reveal Your glory and splendor and every knee shall bow before the God of glory and majesty and shall acknowledge that You indeed are our Lord and Savior. We will be blessed with eternal blessings that will flow down to the generations who come after s and all will sing the same hymn of praise and thanksgiving from every corner of the earth.
Matthew 15:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
My Beloved, the world is full of nit pickers, those who look for specks in the eyes of their neighbors, those who miss the forest for the trees, those who are so caught up with useless details they fail to see the truth that is right before their eyes.
Of all the wonderful revelations You made to Your listeners about God and His Kingdom, His perfect and absolute love for His creatures, His willingness to send His only Son into the world to reveal the secrets thus far kept hidden, the people who ought to have been the first in line to welcome and acknowledge You as the fulfillment of every prophecy, were much too preoccupied with such a non issue as the ritual of the disciples washing their hands before they ate. You once again patiently instruct those who had gathered around You about what truly matters and what exactly it is that makes a person clean or unclean. It is not enough to listen, we must also understand the truth of what You say.
From the store of goodness or filth in our hearts we speak and act, this is what reveals who we really are. The pharisees were offended because once again You showed them up and they were unable to get the better of You who are the Son of God. You were not concerned whether those in authority were offended or not. We get too caught up with what people think whereas it is inconsequential as long as we are teaching, preaching and living the Gospel values with love. The advise You gave them will serve us well today as well
Pay no attention to them! They are blind leading the blind. When a blind person leads another, the two will fall into a pit.”