THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
BUT THEY DID NOT LISTEN
Today’s reading: Jeremiah 13:1-11
Every Christian has a prophetic role, as by virtue of Baptism,
we all share in Christ’s office as priest, prophet and
king. Some have a special prophetic role, such as the prophets
of the Old Testament, like Isaiah and Jeremiah. Among their
tasks was to bring God’s word to His people, and in
the case of their infidelity and veering away, to chastise
and rebuke them. Oftentimes their words would be harsh. God
through Jeremiah called His people wicked, stubborn, good
for nothing (v.10). Check out all that the prophets of the
Old Testament said to God’s people. Now of course many
did not like what they were told by the prophets. Thus they
persecuted the prophets.
all of you, I too have a prophetic role. But as the overall
leader, entrusted with the charism and tasked with the good
of the community’s life and mission, I need to look
at this role more seriously. And so I would also have occasion
to correct, chastise and rebuke. If I do not, then I am the
one remiss. Unfortunately, some of you might be offended.
You might prefer that I tone down my language. You might not
like what I say, for example, about those in the country club
just drinking piña coladas. But that is pretty tame!
Read what Jeremiah said about the loincloth, and how God’s
people were like the loincloth, good for nothing.
I as your leader make a correction, or even a harsh word that
I believe is needed, what should be your posture? You listen.
You humble yourself, and seriously consider what I am saying.
You do not harden your heart such that you become hard of
hearing. If you hear something you consider harsh, you have
two options. If it is not for you, then don’t be bothered
by it. But if you are bothered by it, then perhaps it really
is for you.
has a great plan for our community, in accordance with the
call to the New Evangelization. God has a wonderful destiny
for us. It is “to be my people, my fame, my praise,
my glory.” (v.11b). When prophets speak, including your
leader, do not thwart God’s plan by your hardness of
heart and hardness of hearing. Let not our God say, “But
they did not listen.” (v.11c).