Stoop to My Weakness, Strength to Me Impart
"Spirit of God, descend upon my heart," the hymn of the day pleads. "Stoop to my weakness, strength to me impart ... take the dimness of my heart away." (ELW #800) In today's first reading, the prophet Jeremiah, also known as "the weeping prophet," speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering.
The wounds in our world today -- wounds of racism, wounds of illness, wounds of isolation, stress, and despair -- can feel incurable. Our hearts may be dim, our weeping continuous. With Jeremiah we may ask, "Why is my pain unceasing?" (Jeremiah 15:18)
In today's gospel, when Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus rebukes him sharply. The Messiah enters into our world of suffering, and offers a life worth living. At the center of our faith is the cross, acknowledgement and accompaniment in pain, and everlasting hope. "I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord." (Jeremiah 15:20)