Our Old Testament reading is from Jeremiah: ‘Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not heed any of his words.” Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to my plea. Is evil a recompense for good? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy wrath from them’.

Jeremiah here clearly prefigures Christ. And the pit that is dug is surely an oblique reference to Joseph, another prototype of Christ; it can also symbolise the grave from which Christ rose.

Today, let us listen deeply to the voice of Christ speaking to us in the Scriptures, and take care to put into practice all that we learn there. May God bless you this day.