“For the Lord hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds
he spurns not.”
by Sister Joseph Fennimore, OSB
In the first reading of today Jeremiah calls God his champion. “The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion.” Jeremiah is threatened by his own people because he has pointed out to them their lack of faithfulness to God, particularly through idolatry. Because of this the kingdom of Judah shall be destroyed. Jeremiah finds strength to withstand these threats to his very life in turning to God, his champion.
This message of divine love and care is also in today’s Gospel. Jesus is instructing his apostles for their ministry of healing and teaching to those who will follow Christ. This mission will have rejection and struggle, as well as acceptance in it. However, as with Jeremiah, God will be with them.
They are not to give into fear and be afraid. Their well-being is of great concern to the Father. He knows them, loves them and will care for them.
God does not forsake us either in our struggles and sufferings. He strengthens us with love to continue our journey as he did Jeremiah and the apostles. In confidence we need to seek his help and love. God is our champion always.
From the Rule of St. Benedict
“Listen carefully, my child, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” Rule of Benedict, Prologue 1
“The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord; and you will also testify.”