It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!”
But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Every two years the cost of my internet increases. I make a phone call and attempt to haggle the price down. I plead and yell and get passed from one person to the next, trying to summon whatever magical words I need to save a few bucks.
I consult my friends to see who has gotten a better deal, how I stack up against others. And I shake my fist at the sky, decrying the opaque process that always makes me feel cheated and taken advantage of.
Jeremiah was hardly negotiating for more affordable WiFi. But I am struck by his concern that plots were being hatched around him—and his desire to see God strike down those who were treating him unfairly. This sense of always looking over your shoulder, this desire for vengeance—surely, these are not healthy and productive traits.
And they may bubble up in us over little things like internet costs if we aren’t careful.
—Eric Clayton is a senior communications manager at the Jesuit Conference.
Good and gracious God, may we always strive to follow St. Ignatius’ encouragement that we presume good intentions in others. Help us to see others as you see them, so that we can work together to build your kingdom here on earth. Amen.
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