Daily Feast Reflection (Monday, 23 September)

Scripture: Jeremiah 32:1-3A, 6-15

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. 2At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, 3awhere King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.

6Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came to me: 7Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, "Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours." 8Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the LORD, and said to me, "Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself." Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

9And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. 11Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; 12and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. 13In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, 14Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. 15For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

Reflection: 

While the many laments of Jeremiah arise from disaster and call the people to contemplation, the story of Jeremiah  32:1-3A, 6-15 challenges exiled peoples to image hopeful action. This story reminds us that God's grace occurs in unusual places and in sometimes contrarian forms. What will the Church's hopeful act be today? Will it be material and prophetic -- a land buy and development project in inner-city Detroit?

Or, will the investment be more social -- churches building special education programs for kids who seem destined to fill, or addiction recovery programs for lives that seem to have not future?


Response: What hopeful acts--either material or social--am I involved in?


Prayer: Help me remember that even in time of exile, there are signs of God's hopefulness.  

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