Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The gospel is a great comfort to us, especially in times of sorrow and trouble. But it’s a great challenge. It challenges us to shun darkness and to opt for the light, to be with Christ rather than against him. Let us ask the Lord to help us to be true to his Gospel.
The first reading describes the persecution of the prophet Jeremiah. Having tried in vain to save his people, Jeremiah was now abandoned to his enemies. Christians have always seen him as a figure of Christ. His sufferings remind us of the sufferings of Jesus, and his rescue from the pit reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb.
The gospel contains two sayings about the nature of Jesus’ mission. His coming marks a time for making decisions. His followers will have to make crucial choices; they will have to choose to be for him or against him. Choosing for him may divide them from family members. In the early Church, conversion was likely to cause a family row. The convert was rejected by the family, and had therefore to make a choice between Christ and the family.
Peace and Everything good!
Fr. Valery Burusu