Growing weary

We all have people in our lives with whom interaction leads to weariness. We get tired of hearing the same story, tirade, commentary, joke, response, the same sameness. We all have moments in our lives when “life” just adds up to makes us weary. We lack motivation, energy, enthusiasm, and sometimes are just bone tired. Maybe it is the realization that you have already explained how to do something, the same something, to the same person, and nothing changes. You grow weary and are on the road to not caring, emotional shutdown, and not a whole lot seems attractive or not engaging enough to actually get up and engage.

In those moment have you wondered how you appear to others? Or perhaps more importantly, how you are presenting yourself to God? That’s the question the prophet Micah is asking the people in today’s first reading:

O my people, what have I done to you,
or how have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
from the place of slavery I released you; (Micah 6:3-4)

Micah is speaking to the people of Jerusalem. The prophet accused them of abandoning the demands of the Covenant in favor of self-interest, to the point of neglecting or actively ill-treating the underprivileged. He saw Judah to be on the brink of disaster, whose causes he interpreted in typical prophetic fashion not as solely economic or political but as theological at heart.

It is the same as when we are weary – it shows in our faces, our voice, your posture and more. Friends notice: “Are you OK?” It was the same for Jerusalem, God noticed and sent the prophet to ask if they were OK (albeit in a prophetic way) and to call them to healing, conversion and hope.

I would suggest it is the same message in the gospel with its reference to Jonah. We are quick to associate the sign of Jonah (three days in the belly of the whale) as reference to Resurrection. But take a moment and read The Book of Jonah, its only 4 short chapters. The “whale” is a relatively small moment in the story. But consider Jonah and how he wearied God, not only in his refusal to carry out the mission, but the grim-hoping-for-the-worst countenance he must have shown when proclaiming the call to repentance, and the are-you-kidding-me-angry face that shown when all of Ninevah repented.

Think how the scribes and Pharisees must have wearied Jesus.

Think of how we weary Christ when we fail to respond to his call of love and compassion.

O my people, what have I done to you,
or how have I wearied you?


Want to learn more about the Prophet Micah – watch this video from our friends at The Bible Project:

 

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