Lenten Reflections Third Tuesday of Lent: Redemption

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Lenten Reflections Third Tuesday of Lent: Redemption

Yes­ter­day in ado­ra­tion I was read­ing Jere­miah and it was pretty harsh stuff:

A con­spir­acy has been found, the LORD said to me, among the men of Judah and the cit­i­zens of Jerusalem. They have returned to the crimes of their fore­fa­thers who refused to obey my words. They also have fol­lowed and served strange gods; the covenant which I had made with their fathers, the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken.

There­fore, thus says the LORD: See, I bring upon them mis­for­tune which they can­not escape. Though they cry out to me, I will not lis­ten to them. Then the cities of Judah and the cit­i­zens of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offer­ing incense. But these gods will give them no help what­ever when mis­for­tune strikes. For as numer­ous as your cities are your gods, O Judah! And as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars for offer­ing sac­ri­fice to Baal.

Do not inter­cede on behalf of this peo­ple, nor utter a plea for them. I will not lis­ten when they call to me at the time of their mis­for­tune. What right has my beloved in my house, while she pre­pares her plots? Can vows and sacred meat turn away your mis­for­tune from you? Will you still be jubi­lant when you hear the great inva­sion? A spread­ing olive tree, goodly to behold, the LORD has named you; Now he sets fire to it, its branches burn.

The LORD of hosts who planted you has decreed mis­for­tune for you because of the evil done by the house of Israel and by the house of Judah, who pro­voked me by sac­ri­fic­ing to Baal

Jere­miah 11:917 (all Empha­sis mine)

That’s about as harsh as the Lord gets with his peo­ple, why even with the city of Nin­eveh God accepted their repen­tance and spared them, but for Israel and Judah they were out of luck.

That’s the dif­fer­ence Jesus makes. No mat­ter how bad our sins, no mat­ter how des­per­ate our sit­u­a­tion the sac­ri­fice of Christ on Good Fri­day pays the price God’s jus­tice demands for what we have done our job is sim­ply to acknowl­edge our sins and ask for the mercy that God offers.

Let us be grate­ful for both the sac­ri­fice of Christ and the Lenten sea­son by which we can make vis­i­ble our con­tri­tion for the sins we have committed

Yesterday in adoration I was reading Jeremiah and it was pretty harsh stuff:

A conspiracy has been found, the LORD said to me, among the men of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They have returned to the crimes of their forefathers who refused to obey my words. They also have followed and served strange gods; the covenant which I had made with their fathers, the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken.

Therefore, thus says the LORD: See, I bring upon them misfortune which they cannot escape. Though they cry out to me, I will not listen to them. Then the cities of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to which they have been offering incense. But these gods will give them no help whatever when misfortune strikes. For as numerous as your cities are your gods, O Judah! And as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars for offering sacrifice to Baal.

Do not intercede on behalf of this people, nor utter a plea for them. I will not listen when they call to me at the time of their misfortune. What right has my beloved in my house, while she prepares her plots? Can vows and sacred meat turn away your misfortune from you? Will you still be jubilant when you hear the great invasion? A spreading olive tree, goodly to behold, the LORD has named you; Now he sets fire to it, its branches burn.

The LORD of hosts who planted you has decreed misfortune for you because of the evil done by the house of Israel and by the house of Judah, who provoked me by sacrificing to Baal

Jeremiah 11:9-17 (all Emphasis mine)

That’s about as harsh as the Lord gets with his people, why even with the city of Nineveh God accepted their repentance and spared them, but for Israel and Judah they were out of luck.

That’s the difference Jesus makes. No matter how bad our sins, no matter how desperate our situation the sacrifice of Christ on Good Friday pays the price God’s justice demands for what we have done our job is simply to acknowledge our sins and ask for the mercy that God offers.

Let us be grateful for both the sacrifice of Christ and the Lenten season by which we can make visible our contrition for the sins we have committed