Reflection on Jeremiah 14:17-22

In the first reading at Mass today (Jeremiah 14:17-22), we hear a lament from the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s lament indicates that the people are suffering from plague, war and famine. In response, Jeremiah makes a general confession of the people’s’ sins and a profession of faith. Most people, if they are honest with themselves, are quick to acknowledge their failures in the moral life (this is what is meant when people say, “If I were to go into a church it would fall down.”). However, regretting the sorry state of affairs that results from sin is different from being sorry to God for having sinned. The latter requires a profession of faith in the God who is all good. For this reason, let us be quick to acknowledge our sinfulness, but even quicker to turn to God and ask forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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