YOUR WILL BE DONE        Jer.1.1, 4-10

Jeremiah was a prophet of Judah during the stormy reigns of Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. He prophesied for about 40 years. The Babylonians were moving forward to take over Jerusalem and the horror came in 605BC when Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon conquered territory and moved his forces to capture Jerusalem. Jeremiah was a priest, descendent of Abiathar, a priest during the reign of Solomon. His prophetic minister was mainly characterized by doom. His writings (collected from Baruch –Jeremiah’s secretary) convey to us the personality and life of the prophet during these dark ages of Israel’s history.

The first reading details the call of the prophet. Jeremiah was timid by nature (“I know not how to speak, I am too young”), yet became strong and courageous by the grace given him by God. This narrative is typical of the call narratives found throughout the Bible.

We are known by God. Before we knew the days of light the God knows us. God witnessed the development and formation of our lives even when we were in the womb of our mother. God took great delight observing us in these days, before any other human eye had seen, God saw and loved. Just as Jeremiah was acknowledged by the Lord and dedicated to God for a purpose, we too have meaning in our lives. So many of us walk as though we have lost our way. We wonder what our purpose is, what are we doing here upon this earth. God had a plan for each of us. He looks on in love and waits for that plan to find its fulfillment. Jeremiah was appointed as prophet to the nations. Every one has been appointed to do the will of God. We dedicate ourselves to God to have our purpose fulfilled. He will show the way for us, we must be ready to go where he sends us.

Similar to Jeremiah, we question the Lord on his choice. As Jeremiah made excuses we often excuse ourselves. We are too young, too sinful, too inadequate, and too incapable. The Lord knows this as he knew the life of Jeremiah. However that does not stop God from calling us to see our purpose realized. Despite our littleness God will use us. He supplies the grace necessary to carry out his will. Jeremiah was sent to the nation to prophesy. The Lord will send us out and will be with us always. He won’t let us down. As God touches Jeremiah, so he empowers and touches us with his anointing and strength.

What are the questions that arise in my heart? What is God’s will for me? Am I ready to accept this by placing myself completely in his hands?

Lord, you know me and have formed me in my mother’s womb. You have a plan for me is far beyond my imagination. Make known to me your will and grant me grace to accomplish it. I trust in you. Amen