Jeremiah 23:5-8, December 18, 2021

Reading

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”–
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.

Reflection:  

 Pledging to create an honorable representative of David’s lineage over a renovated Israel, this reading derives from a time of exile.  The messiah will be like no ruler Israel had ever seen or experienced.  He will be a true king and shepherd who exercises truthfulness and sincerity.  This messiah will be free of corruption and immorality.  The Israelites will no longer remember God as one who took them out of exile, but one who carried them to the Promised Land.  He will create for them a new exodus; one that establishes genuine peace, proper justice, and unconditional love for all.    In this spirit, God desires all experience salvation.  For us as Christians that messiah and our salvation is through Jesus Christ.  Jesus wants us to be one forever with God in heaven, but while we are here on earth, we have work to do.  We are asked to create an environment and occasions where others are invited to follow and commit their lives to Jesus.  This is our real purpose in life; to bring others to God which will ultimately allow them to live in peace, joy, and harmony.   As with the people in Jeremiah’s time, who dealt with false gods; in society today, there are still many who have their own bogus gods, which eventually distracts them from the message of Jesus Christ.