We often read of the prophets complaining that God couldn’t possibly want to use them. When Jeremiah complained that he was too young, and thus wouldn’t know what to say, God simply told him to go where he was sent and to say what he was told. I find that I can relate to Jeremiah. My complaint when I felt called to the priesthood wasn’t that I was too young, but I certainly thought God might have picked the wrong guy.
Jeremiah’s writings have also been insightful for me in moments of prayer. When ministry gets difficult, I can relate to Jeremiah’s lament in Chapter 20 that God duped him by not telling him how difficult being a prophet could be. I can also clearly remember reading Chapter 17 of Jeremiah while praying beside a running stream — a perfect visual for his reflection on trust in God.
Overall Jeremiah can be difficult to read because his message was such a challenge, but I find great joy in reflecting on much of what he wrote.
Bryan Lowe, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Anniston
Jesus of Nazareth is the ultimate prophet “And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again” (Mark 10:32-34).
Jesus of Nazareth, “a prophet indeed,” is without question my favorite prophet. The law, the Psalms, and the prophets all testify of him. I’m certain that Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and even John the Baptist would agree. The prophets of old prophesied of his death, burial and resurrection, but never saw it.
The prophet Isaiah spoke a lot about Jesus’ miraculous conception, suffering, death and resurrection, but he never witnessed it. So, even though he was God’s prophet, in the minds of many he was a false prophet.
Jesus is my favorite prophet because no other savior and messiah in the history of the world has ever prophesied his own death, burial and resurrection and live to tell about it. Since he has the power over death, hell and the grave, he has to “become obedient” to them in order to die.
There is none like him!
Bob McClain, Living By Faith Ministry, Oxford