28.02.2024 — Persecutions of God’s Servant

2nd week in Lent, Wednesday – 28th February 2024 – Jeremiah 18,18-20; Mt 20,17-28

Persecutions of God’s Servant

Being a prophet of God or doing God’s will isn’t that easy, but often ends up in earthly suffering. In the first reading, Jeremiah realizes that being God’s prophet has caused him and continues to cause him to be persecuted. He had never asked to be a prophet. He had not only spoken to the people for God, but also had talked to God on behalf of the people. Now the people are plotting against Jeremiah to destroy him. People find his teachings uncomfortable. He is seen as a trouble-maker. In the eyes of his critics, getting rid of Jeremiah will make their own lives easier. Without him around to pronounce harsh truths, the works of the priests, sages and other prophets can go on just as before. Their words are so plain and harmless, and lull people into complacency as they have always done. But Jeremiah is puzzled, “should evil be returned for good?” It is a question that is often asked. “How could God allow this to happen to such a good person?” Jeremiah requests God to help him during his time of persecution. The world is not ready to hear words of truth and justice. It does not like the true prophet. Yet, our calling means that not only will we continue to announce the message for and from God, but also, will do it as servants till the end.