On or about this time, Jewish people grieve over the destruction of two Temples (August 5, 2014). The first is the one Solomon dedicated in 959 B.C., destroyed on the 9th day of the month of Ab, July 18, 587 B.C. The other Temple is the one rebuilt after the Exile, which the Romans destroyed in 70 A.D. The synagogue readings are from the Book of Lamentations, attributed to Jeremiah.
The verses of the first four chapters of the book are an acrostic, similar to some psalms. Each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet—every three verses, for chapter 3.
Ink: the word means “to burn.” The Spirit transforms the burning fires of overwhelming grief into a precious book of the Bible. Will you allow the Spirit to burn creatively inside of you as you face great losses in your life?
1:12 applies to the sufferings of Jesus—then and now.
What are these?
Close to me, the Comforter 1:16
Groans of the Spirit within 1:22
Suffering shared in silence 2:10
My heart poured out like water 2:19
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.
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