By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
The reading from a piece of autobiography of
the prophet, bitter and yet loyal. It is the second
record of Jeremiah’s confrontations with the
LORD whom he serves.
In a way it is a fierce struggle with his own
conscience and his awareness of God. He
bemoans the day of his birth, since he
acknowledges that he was always destined to
be a prophet and to give his unpalatable
message to the people, a message which would
involve him in unpopularity and persecution.
And yet it is the joy of his heart to be the
LORD’s messenger and to be called by the
In the second half of the passage the Lord
replies, surely from the depths of Jeremiah’s
heart, bracing him to continue his arduous
mission, and promising his lasting support.
The question is that which faces every
conscience under stress, summed up in the two
images: is Jeremiah to be a bronze wall which
no one may penetrate or injure, or is he to be an
unreliable stream, a wadi which flows
abundantly in the winter but dries up in the
summer, leaving only an empty track? The
same decision faces us all in trying to live
according to the gospel.