Fr Hugh’s Homily for 4th Sunday Ordinary Time
Sometimes when we look at ourselves it really is as if we see a dim reflection in a mirror, or in the old translation, as if we were seeing ourselves through a glass darkly. What we see doesn’t reflect our true worth. We fail to see the potential we really have. What can change that is simply a kind word or a touch of TLC. As St. Paul says, it is love that helps, that enables us to know us as we are known, to others who love us and especially to the one who loves us most, God. So often what we lack, or fail to give, is that affirmation that can be so important, that enables us to live and give of our best. In the first reading, which is the beginning of the Book of Jeremiah and the beginning of his call, God knows only too well his reticence to see in himself someone who has the ability to do what God asks, to be a prophet. So it opens with God’s affirmation, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you came to birth I consecrated you, I appointed you…” It is only this that helps Jeremiah take up the challenge….