Year of Scripture – Day 224

Readings for the next few days: 
Monday, August 12: Jeremiah 1 – 3

As we turn from Isaiah to Jeremiah, there was one noteworthy similarity to the beginning of both of their ministry. Essentially . . . their mouths were touched. Think back to Isaiah chapter 6, when he had the vision of heaven. What happened? The Seraph flew and touched a live coal to his lips, and he was made clean. While nothing quite so grand happens to Jeremiah, there was a similar moment in the first chapter. “Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.'” (Jeremiah 1:9)

While this may not be so grand as Isaiah’s vision, I find this to be a humbling empowering reminder of what is means to be a voice for God. To speak boldly, purely, sternly when needed, but always mindful of the call which was given to us at baptism. This reminds me of the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”

Remember you may be the only bible that some people ever encounter. Live your faith!!

Pastor Bailey

Readings for the next few days: 
Tuesday, August 13: Jeremiah 4 – 6
Wednesday, August 14: Jeremiah 7 – 9 
Thursday, August 15: Jeremiah 10 – 13
Friday, August 16: Jeremiah 14 – 17

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