O Lord, you relieve our necessity out of the abundance of your great riches: Grant that we may accept with joy the salvation you bestow, and manifest it to all the world by the quality of our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Today’s Collect proclaims that God is rich in relieving our necessities, but asks that we accept this salvation with joy. Today’s Psalm expresses acceptance as trust in God as rock and refuge.
Jeremiah exemplifies absolute trust in God with unwavering commitment to God’s word. One needs to appreciate that God’s word is not only the TELLING of God’s presence and activity in our lives but also the VERY PRESENCE AND ACTIVITY THEMSELVES. When God “speaks” creation begins and history unfolds. Jeremiah was the instrument of God’s presence and activity. It was with this insight that Jeremiah expressed his complete trust in, as well as commitment to, God’s word. He confesses in our reading that he is so overpowered that he cannot NOT preach. Even when his preaching indicts Israelites for their sins and brings him scorn and derision, God’s word is pent up in him, he remains faithful, and he trusts in God to the extent that he feels compelled to preach.
John’s Gospel shows Jesus defending himself as the Word of God especially by doing the works of God. Since people were born and died on the Sabbath, Judaism professed that even God had to work on the Sabbath by giving life and receiving the dead. The texts show God at the beginning of creation and our lives and at the end. We can add that God in Jesus also sustains us from beginning to end and asks our acceptance and trust all along the way.
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