“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.
It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,
nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.
And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;
let us carefully note his every word.”
Heed me, O Lord,
and listen to what my adversaries say.
Must good be repaid with evil
that they should dig a pit to take my life?
Remember that I stood before you
to speak in their behalf,
to turn away your wrath from them.
In these words from the prophet Jeremiah, we can hear the predicament of Christ Jesus our Lord as his rivals plot against him. He has come to do the will of his heavenly Father, and so he embodies the mercy of God in all his words and his mighty deeds. Still they resist and misunderstand him, even though he only wants to heal the sick, comfort the afflicted, set sinners free and "speak in their behalf."
Photograph by Brother Casimir