The Call of Jeremiah
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I
knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet
to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak,
for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.