The homework for my Bible sharing group, this Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, includes reading Jeremiah 1: 4-5:
The word of the Lord came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
Since the March for Life was only a few days ago, these verses stood out, for me: "in the womb, I knew you." These words suggest so much more than God's choosing Jeremiah as a prophet. It means that before Jeremiah was born, he was chosen. Ponder "...I knew you." Wowza! God knows Jeremiah. A relationship had begun. God loved Jeremiah before he was even born.
And God feels the same for each one of us.