Today we remember St. John Chrysostom, the 5th century Bishop of Constantinople. John Chrysostom, John “golden mouth” was celebrated for his eloquent preaching. So, with a tip of the hat and a salute to the preacher, I’ll preach on one of the texts appointed for today, from the prophet Jeremiah:
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.”[Jer. 1:6-7]
Jer. 1:4-10 / Lk. 4:21-30
Both the readings from Jeremiah and from the Gospel for today have something to tell us about vocation. The passage from Jeremiah tells us about the call of God to the reluctant young Jeremiah to become a Prophet. The Gospel reading tells us about Jesus proclaiming to the people of Nazareth his vocation to be a prophet.