July 31, 2006

Thus says the Lord, "You are my ROTTEN UNDERPANTS."


That's the sign the Lord tells his prophet to give us.

We heard it today in the first reading at Mass, Jeremiah 13:1-11.
The Lord said to me:
Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;
wear it on your loins,
but do not put it in water.
I bought the loincloth, as the Lord commanded,
and I put it on.
A second time the word of the Lord came to me thus:
Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,
and go now to the Parath;
there hide it in a cleft of the rock.
Obedient to the Lord's command,
I went to the Parath and buried the loincloth.
After a long interval, he said to me:
Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth which I told you to hide there.
Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth from the place where I had hid it.
But it was rotted-- good for nothing!
Then the message came to me from the Lord:
Thus says the Lord:
So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot, the great pride of Jerusalem.
This wicked people who refuse to obey my words,
who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts,
and follow strange gods to serve and adore them,
shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing.
For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's loins,
so had I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord;
to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
But they did not listen.

A man's sins of pride, disobedience, stubbornness, infidelity and idolatry make him into a good-for-nothing, rotten loincloth.


Thus says the Lord.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

You make it sound almost like one of those French insults spewed forth in Monty Python's The Holy Grail.

And folks say Holy Scripture is humorless!

11:58 AM  

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