SUNDAY (June 21, 2020)
Third Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:13)
“O LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:7–9)
As a prophet, Jeremiah is called to be the voice of God. His vocation is to speak God’s Truth, and this Truth is often painful. Speaking the Truth can often bring derision and mocking, to the point of wanting to run and hide. And yet, Jeremiah is called to speak the Truth, and his heart burns and his bones become weary if he does not speak what God has called him to speak. We, too, are called to speak the Truth in love to those who are lost and searching. We speak of who we know—Christ, the merciful One.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Marianna (North), O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.