Sunday 3 September

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading – Jeremiah 20:7-9
“The word of the Lord has meant for me insult, derision, all day long”. This is a very difficult situation in our life. The choice we made because of our faith in God becomes a pain for us. The decision we took because of our faith in God becomes a suffering for us. Jeremiah is going through such a situation. He prophesied what the Lord commanded, and everyone hated Jeremiah for this. He obeyed the Lord, and he became a daily laughingstock before everyone. This is the moment when our faith in the Lord is questioned. But the Word of God is more powerful than this. It is like a fire burning in the heart, imprisoned in the bones. Jeremiah had to continue prophesying. This is what happens in our life if you have the Holy Spirit in us. We cannot restrain from doing good. Even if we suffer, we continue doing good. Let’s reflect: How much am I affected by the challenges of my faith in the Lord?