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First Reading for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Jeremiah 20:7-9

Summary: I am ridiculed for proclaiming God's word, which feels like a fire within me that I cannot contain, despite my attempts to silence it.

Uncontainable Word

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed. All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of the LORD has brought me derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

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