Day 240: Remaining Humble
Jeremiah 23:1-8 Despite the end of the Davidic monarchy, God promised to send a new and righteous king from the line of David to bring prosperity and salvation to his people. This prophecy refers to the future Messiah, Jesus.
Ch 23:9-40 False prophets, who were self-appointed prophets without a divine calling, were interested in notoriety and the material benefits resulting from that position. They would ingratiate themselves with the people by preaching what was consoling and pleasant. They posed a serious problem for Jeremiah since his message contradicted theirs blatantly. In summary, Jeremiah predicted severe punishment while the false prophets promised prosperity and victory in war.
Daniel 4:28-37 The king wavered between faith and incredulity and never managed to embrace the religion of Israel totally. (CCC 543)
Ch 5:1-30 Some factual errors exist here (e.g., Belshazzar was not the son of Nebuchadnezzar), but they are secondary to the intended meaning of the narrative.
Fingers of a man’s hand: Implicitly, the hand and finger of God. These images are also used elsewhere in Scripture. In the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus (“Come, Holy Spirit”), which is sung at First Vespers of Pentecost in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Holy Spirit is referred to as the “finger of God.” (CCC 700)
(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)
I LOVE GOSH YOU GUYS!
So do I! 😉
Every reading today was FIRE today
Proverbs 16:3 should be BOOKMARKED (I shall go add a ribbon in my Bible to that verse 🤓)
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
That has been every day since Fr. Mike was in second grade
“God, this is for you and everything I do I want to do it for you.” (Just like Bryan Adams sang 😉Bryan Adams Everything I Do I Do It For You YouTube )
Maybe not EXACTLY like Bryan Adams sang
What a gift to be able to go through Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet
He talks a lot about GOOD SHEPHERDS AND BAD SHEPHERDS
He talks a lot about TRUE PROPHETS AND LYING PROPHETS
Today is no exception
Jeremiah 23:23, “Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?”
THIS IS SO KEY
“Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? Says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? Says the Lord. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’”
It goes on to talk about not only the people who prophesy THEIR OWN THOUGHTS as opposed to prophesying the WORDS GOD HAS SPOKEN
We were COMMANDED to NOT TAKE THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN
This not only means uttering the name of God without meaning or carelessly
It also means to NOT DOING SOMETHING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD THAT THE LORD WOULD NEVER ENDORSE
Doing something IN THE NAME OF GOD that actually is REALLY TRULY ONLY DONE IN MY OWN NAME
OR IN THE NAME OF SOMEONE ELSE
OR IN THE NAME OF A POLITICAL THING
OR IN THE NAME OF A CULTURAL THING
OR IN THE NAME OF ANY OTHER KIND OF PREFERENCE
What I have done is I have ascribed or invoked God’s name upon this thing THAT I PREFER
That is what seems to be happening in Jeremiah Ch 23
These prophets are not prophesying what God has said
They are simply prophesying THEIR OWN THING
They are simply prophesying THEIR OWN HEART
They are simply prophesying THEIR OWN MIND
They are simply prophesying THEIR OWN IDEAS
Of course that is NOT PROPHECY AT ALL
That is simply them talking
THAT IS NOT GOD TALKING
We are called in so many ways to HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD
LET GOD TEACH US!!
That’s what Daniel Chs 4 and 5 are all about
King Nebuchadnezzar is being humbled before the Lord
Not only being humbled before the Lord, but then being TAUGHT BY GOD
THIS IS SO CRITICAL
He is not simply humbled FOR HUMILITY’S SAKE
He is HUMBLED BEFORE THE LORD
HIS POWER IS TAKEN AWAY
HIS MAJESTY IS TAKEN AWAY
EVEN HIS REASON IS TAKEN AWAY
So that he can realize that THE MOST HIGH IS TRULY GOD
Nebuchadnezzar was the number one person to himself in his entire life
He was the top dog his entire life
God is making it known, “Actually there are those above you.”
And GOD HIMSELF
THE MOST HIGH IS THE HIGHEST
GOD IS THE MOST HIGH
Nebuchadnezzar learned this and it is REALLY REMARKABLE
Daniel Ch 5 we have Belshazzar and The Handwriting on the Wall
It is interpreted noting that he was going to be taken down and surpassed by the Persians
So as we get to the end of Daniel Ch 5 we have a transition
The Persians have now come into Babylon and they are now going to be the top dogs
Kingdoms come and kingdoms go
Nations rise and fall
Kings are lifted up and Kings are brought down
THAT IS THE WAY THE WORLD GOES
So many of us can be so preoccupied with the stories of WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN POLITICS
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE CULTURE
As opposed to realizing…
THIS IS WHAT ALWAYS HAPPENS
PEOPLE COME AND PEOPLE GO
NATIONS RISE AND NATIONS FALL
KINGS COME AND KINGS GO
WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO DO IS HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD!!
WE ARE CALLED TO SERVE THE LORD OUR GOD!!
WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE GOD WITH EVERYTHING WE ARE!!
WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE GOD WITH EVERYTHING WE HAVE!!
WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS OURSELVES!!
SO WE GIVE GOD PRAISE TODAY!!
ASK GOD TO HELP US DO THAT!!
Help us to pay attention, yes we have our fingers on the pulse of the world
BUT AT THE SAME TIME…
OUR HEARTS BELONG TO THE LORD
OUR SERVICE AND WORSHIP BELONG TO THE LORD
OUR CARE BELONG TO THOSE PEOPLE AROUND US
THAT IS A LOT
THAT IS PLENTY FOR MOST OF US
So we need help even to do that
WE NEED GRACE
WE NEED PRAYERS
PRAY FOR FR. MIKE
PRAY FOR EACH OTHER
Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and glory. We thank you so much. Thank you for this day. Thank you for a new day. Thank you for bringing us to this moment where we get to not only hear your Word, but we get to be united. We get to be united as a group of people, as a community of people, who are listening to your Word and are bound together not only by your love for us, our love for you. Your Word and also this bond of prayer that we lift each other up in prayer every single day because we need your Grace and we need each other. We cannot make this journey on our own. You have not left us orphans. You have called us your sons and daughters. You have become our Father. You made us brothers and sisters from all across the world, Lord God. From every race, from every ethnicity, from every nationality, we are united by your Holy Spirit, and we are truly brothers and sisters belonging to you, our true Dad, our true Father. Thank you. Please hear our prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”