Epiphany 4 - Year C
Jeremiah can be compared to Moses. Though this is the beginning of his life of prophecy, it extended for 40 years, as did Moses' work. Both begin their ministry with natural images - burning bush and almond branch. Both have priestly connections as well as prophetic. Both mark changes in eras - from captivity and into it.
Jeremiah represents a lifetime of calls (verses 1-3). I hope you are enjoying your latest call. There is no telling how long it will last before another comes along. So, gird up those loins, young or old, and grasp your walking stick for there are miles to go, calls to go.
In each of your calls there will be elements for you to:
pull up and tear down,
take apart and demolish,
and, then, start over,
building and planting.
This is simply a matter of a consequence of life. It cannot ethically be avoided. And so the call to enjoy your opportunities to participate in journeying with G*D and Neighbors, whether in a demolishing or planting call.