Authentic spirituality addresses the totality of life. Today’s scriptures weave together intercession and lament, personal and social transformation, and parable and spiritual counsel.
The passage from Jeremiah presents a moving picture of grief and lamentation. The nation is ravaged and hope is lost. “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Grief is expressed in multiple voices – in the lament of the prophet, the disappointment of the people, and in the pain of God.