Readings: Psalm 119:145-176, Jeremiah 25:30-38, Romans 10:14-21, John 10:1-18
Jeremiah speaks of scattering and slaughtering the shepherds of the flocks because the Nation has gone so far astray. Their sheep-folds will be devastated, by the Lord who will come like a roaring lion and wreak havoc. Yes, this was for a specific time and place among God’s Chosen People who were not living up to their end of the Covenant. They were disobedient. They pursued false gods, did not take care of the sojourner or the down-trodden. They showed contempt for God’s Holy Covenant with them, and so he exiled them, and had them over-run by hostile conquering nations who would abuse them for generations.
Although this was in a world before the redemption that came in Jesus, Christ, I can’t help but see parallels today, and so I pray for the Lord’s mercy to be upon us and for us, at the very least as Christ’s Church, to be faithful Disciples of Jesus Christ who by His grace and power are a force of reconciliation and redemption to the broken nation and world in which we live. Part of our role in this is explained by Paul in Romans 10, for us to speak with our voices and actions the Good News of Jesus Christ. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good-News!” even the dirtiest, smelliest parts of us, our feet, are beautiful to the Lord when we are proclaiming by our words and actions the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Can we take heart in that, and join with Him by reaching out in love to those who don’t know Him and be the joyful voice of the Lord reaching out with and in His love. We have been sent. It is part of our name and identity as Apostles. Lord, give us your courage and power to live into it.