The Reading for Today: Lamentations 3
On or about these days, Jewish people celebrate the Ninth of Av, the date in the Jewish calendar, which recalls the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. It is a day of mourning and sadness for all of us, for the way in which the forces of darkness seek to reduce God’s presence to rubble in the world.
For Christians, the various attempts to eradicate the temple of the living God in the members of Christ’s body, the New Temple, is our way of sharing in the losses of our ancestors. Yet what martyr is celebrated with sadness! They live on in the temple in the heavenly Jerusalem.
The flow of mourning in this chapter is suddenly interrupted by verses 22-23. Thomas Chisholm, late member of The First United Methodist Church in Vineland, N.J. where I was pastor from 2000-08, composed the famous hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” based on these verses.
The Reading for Today
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks
in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets, currently reading Hosea.