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Jeremiah is mocked for speaking

Jeremiah is mocked for speaking
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Saint for Today: St. Medericus

Jeremiah is mocked for speaking

Jeremiah stood in the court of the house of God and said, “I will surely bring upon this city all the evil with which I threatened it, because they … have not obeyed my words.”
Pashhur, the chief officer, was angered by the prophecy. He ordered his men to whip Jeremiah and put him in the stocks at the upper Gate of Benjamin.
Jeremiah stayed there overnight until Pashhur released him.
Jeremiah looked directly at the officer and said, “Instead of Pashhur, the Lord will name you ‘Terror on every side.’ For thus says the Lord: Indeed, I will deliver you to terror, you and all your friends.”
Then Jeremiah left to find a quiet place where he could pray. He began crying and said, “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped … . All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.”
Jeremiah paced back and forth on the hard ground. He remembered the first time God spoke to him. “Before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah told the Lord he was too young to be a prophet.
But God said, “To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
Jeremiah’s back still hurt from the whipping, and his body ached from being in the stocks. He knew his message to the people of Israel would sometimes be harsh. “Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of the Lord has brought me derision and reproach all the day.”
At times Jeremiah considered not prophesying or mentioning God’s name any more. “But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in.”
Then Jeremiah realized how much God loved him and the people of Israel. “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” He raised his arms toward heaven, and said, “Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!”
Jeremiah 1, 19, 20
Q&A 1. What did Jeremiah say to Pashhur? 2. When did God dedicate Jeremiah as a prophet?

Saint for Today: St. Medericus

St. Medericus was born in the seventh century and was often called by his nickname, “Merry.” He joined a monastery as a young man. His devotion to God earned him an appointment as abbot, although he did not want the job. Since he would not ask the other monks to do anything he would not do himself, he won their loyalty and admiration. His position interfered with the quiet life of service to God that he wanted to live, so he resigned and lived as a hermit. When his health became bad, he returned to the mon astery. He stayed with the monks until he made a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Germanus in Paris, remaining in Paris until he died around the year 700 after a long illness. We remember him on Aug. 29.

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