Thought for the Day by Richard Wilson (St Chad’s)
Jeremiah is pleading with the Lord to hear the cry of his people and asking where the Lord is. Clearly things have gone badly for some time – the harvest is not stored, a lack of doctors, many slain. They are adulterers, unfaithful, liars. The Lord says beware of friends, do not trust them, they do not speak the truth and they do not acknowledge the Lord. It is clear that the loving Lord is frustrated and angry about how to deal with Jeremiah’s people.
The Lord decides that he will refine, test, and punish them making Judah uninhabitable.
Would we wish to upset the Lord and induce His anger – I think not. What is worrying is how many people are ignoring the Lord and committing sins of a similar kind today and are we being taken in by liars and false truths. This passage is certainly worthy of careful consideration during Lenten reflections.
Bu this is the Old Testament and the New Testament brings ‘Good News’. Today’s reading starts at a ‘crunch point’ for all of us because in yesterday’s reading Jesus was talking about ‘The bread of life’.
ch.6 v60 ‘On hearing it, many of his disciples said ‘This is hard teaching. Who can accept it?’’
Jesus repeats the following :
- How would they react to his Transfiguration
- The Spirit gives life and my words are full of the Spirit
- The flesh counts for nothing.
- No one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.
Apparently many started to leave so he asks ‘The Twelve’ so do you want to leave too? Thankfully, Simon Peter responds very positively with the words in v 68 ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God’.
I hope and pray that we all can accept his teaching and respond as Simon Peter did, preparing ourselves for eternal life.