Prophet.  Old Testament prophet.  One of the world’s worst career choices.  The pay?  Bad to none.  The message?  For most the prophets, it’s stuff like... 

“Bad things are going to happen!” 

“Sackcloth and ashes!” 


That won’t get you many friends.  For most prophets, what it does get them is run out of town, hunted by soldiers, and thrown into wells. 

Which is why Sunday’s first reading (Baruch) sounds a little off.  Because it’s so, well, positive.  It’s all about good stuff that God is doing. 

It’s an unusual message for a prophet.  It’s completely different from what we usually get from prophets.  And a perfect introduction to a most unusual prophet. 

More on this tomorrow.   Readings for Sunday