[The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,
“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.“] (Jer. 18:18a)
Jeremiah has been preaching repentance to the people of Judah and Jerusalem and they’ have had enough. He has called them out and brought to their attention their own sinfulness. Jeremiah has called them to something more, and they feel threatened by him.
We have all experienced at one time or another moments when we’ve felt “threatened” by the presence of someone who we perceive to be holier than ourselves. Their very words and actions, though in no way directed toward us, stir up feelings of anger inside of us. We feel personally attacked since we are unwilling to change even though we know there is something not quite right in our lives.
In the presence of the sun, darkness will soon vanish. Rays of light and truth are “threatening” to those areas of darkness and falsehood within our heart. Take some time today and reflect: Why am I angry? Why do I feel “threatened”, “judged” by another’s holiness?
Ask God to show you those dark areas of your heart. Take it to prayer and also the Sacrament of Confession. Expose the darkness to the Loght, Jesus Christ, and experience freedom.