The Call of Jeremiah: What is YOUR Excuse?  

The word of the LORD came to me:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”

“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
“I do not know how to speak. I am too young!”

But the LORD answered me,
“Do not say, ‘I am too young.’
To whomever I send you, you shall go;
whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you—oracle of the LORD.”

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying to me,

“See, I place my words in your mouth!
Today I appoint you
over nations and over kingdoms,
To uproot and to tear down,
to destroy and to demolish,
to build and to plant.”

Jeremiah 1:4-10

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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3 Responses to The Call of Jeremiah: What is YOUR Excuse?  

  1. nancy says:

    I am enjoying these Scriture passages, I look forward to them. Thank-You


  2. Anne Comeaux says:

    The beginning of Vocations Awareness Week is certainly timed well today with the readings of the Call of Eli and the Call of the Apostles. The newly ordained (yesterday) priest who has been serving his diaconate year in our parish, preached today and focused on the “call” of all of us. Do we hear? Do we pay attention? Do we respond? Jeremiah is another great example of this call.

  3. Michelle says:

    Lovely post!

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