Reflection on Jeremiah 7:18

Additional 32058, f. 3 (a)   f. 3 (a)   Assumption

Additional 32058, f. 3 (a) f. 3 (a) Assumption

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to offer libations to strange gods, and to provoke me to anger.” (Jeremiah 7:18)

Literal Sense: The worship of goddesses, possibly Asherah in this case, was a constant temptation for the people of antiquity.  It is apparent from this passage that the entire family was involved in the worship of this goddess, the children, fathers and the women would prepare a sacrificial offering for the goddess Asherah, notably cakes.

Allegorical Sense: Just as some people in the Old Covenant committed idolatry by offering sacrifices to goddesses, so have some in the New Covenant, notably Collyridians, been guilty of idolatry by offering the Eucharist to the true Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Moral Sense:  Just as many have abused the natural inclination to worship God, which God Himself has implanted within humanity, by worshiping false gods, so have many abused the natural desire to honor the true Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, which God has implanted within humanity, by worshiping goddesses.  We must at all times remember to give hyperdulia to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but never latria, which is due to God alone.

Anagogical Sense:  The natural desire to honor a queen or even a mother figure, which God has implanted within us, will only be realized by honoring as Queen and as Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, Mother of God and Mother of all Christians.

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