Year A - Pentecost +2 or Community Practice 2
June 22, 2014
While this Psalm is seemingly chosen to reflect on Jeremiah’s difficult experiences as a prophet. And yet, Jeremiah’s fierce cry that the “Lord is with me” doesn’t quite ring true to a call for redemption.
Jeremiah seems not to have applied for the job of prophet. There is a component of being called that keeps us from claiming the right to some answer or the privilege of being exempted from any distress. There is no calling out for rescue, there is only proceeding.
Embedded in verse 13 (yes, easily left out) comes a choice:
- “At an acceptable time, O G*D, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me.”
- “With or without an organizing “answer”, this is an acceptable time to simply proceed in the experience of abundant, steadfast love.”
Our work today is to not work at our call, but to let it loose and follow as best we can.