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dc.contributor.authorHeaney, Robert P.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-31T16:43:52Z
dc.date.available2014-07-31T16:43:52Z
dc.date.issued2014-07-28en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 401en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/62624
dc.description.abstract|Today's first reading must seem very strange. Dirty underwear, buried in the ground where it rots and is then dug up. Of what possible use could it be? No use at all, except as a graphic image of uselessness - of something held close by God but misused and ruined by those to whom its care was entrusted.|Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet. It was not a job he wanted, but he couldn't resist God's call. A prophet is not so much someone who sees the future, as a person who sees how God wants us humans to behave toward one another and toward the creation God has entrusted to our care. God chose Israel and gave it a vocation - precisely to be a model for the rest of the world. Israel didn't always measure up, and Jeremiah's job, like that of the other Old Testament prophets, was to call attention to Israel's failures. A prophet not only spoke God's vision for humanity, but embodied and enacted it by the prophet's life and actions. What does Jeremiah say to Judah? "You are of about as much use to God as rotted, dirty underwear." No mincing words there. His symbolic act becomes even more poignant when we hear God saying that Judah was as close to Him as a human is to his own underwear.|St. Paul tells us in several places that "all things written in times past were written for our instruction". That's certainly true for this graphic, earthy episode. The counterpart of Israel today as God's model people is, of course, Christianity. Our task, our vocation, is to show the world God's plan for humanity. How have we measured up? How well do we draw people to God's vision? Gandhi, you recall, said he would have been a Christian if he had encountered someone who actually lived the Beatitudes. Yes, there were virtuous Israelites in Jeremiah's time, and there certainly are virtuous Christians in our own time. But it's the people as a group, and their leaders, that Jeremiah is speaking about. How are we doing as a people? Sexual abuse of minors, discrimination, power grabbing, privilege-seeking, exclusiveness, money laundering, and that's just within the hierarchy. For the rest of us, it's too often rampant individualism, widespread social injustice, structural poverty, greed, and on and on . . . not all that different from Jeremiah's time. Maybe rotted, soiled underwear doesn't look like such an inappropriate metaphor after all.|Thanks be to God, we have now been given a prophet for our time, gentler than Jeremiah. Francis, Bishop of Rome, says that God's model people must be inclusive, must be forgiving, must be a poor church for the poor, must be joyful. And God says "listen to him". "Listen to him . . ."|God also says: "I love you and I will forgive you if you fail Me. But look: I have given you my Son. I have given you the Bible. I have given you the Sacraments. Live them all, be them all, and show the world my vision for humanity. If you don't, then, well, as Jeremiah said . . ."en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/68675
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, July 28, 2014: 17th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day28en_US
dc.date.year2014en_US
dc.date.monthJulyen_US
dc.program.unitJohn A. Creighton University Chairen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHeaney, Robert P.en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 17en_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/62625
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/62623
dc.subject.local1Jeremiah 13:1-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Deuteronomy 32:18-19, 20, 21en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 13:31-35en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US


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