Rembrandt, “Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” 1630
Oil on panel, 58 x 46 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Monday, February 18, 2012
Mondays in Lent each year are dedicated to the prophet Jeremiah. You might pray each of today’s three chapters in the morning, afternoon and evening. Chapter 36 uplifts the theme of repentance. King Jehoiakim tries to destroy the Word of God by throwing Jeremiah’s scrolls into the fire. Recall what King Herod did when he had the Holy Innocents killed in an attempt to do away with Jesus, the infant King. Verse 18 is the only reference to “ink” in the Old Testament.
The treatment of Jeremiah in chapter 37 will remind you of the way Jesus suffered. Just as the patriarch Joseph, Jeremiah was raised from a pit. The Lord saw to it that Jeremiah would not die in the dungeon. As the very body of the prophet rises from the pit, the chapter 38, verse 20 wells up from the mire of disobedience.
This is the First Week in Lent, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets. During Lent, we read the prophet Jeremiah.