A short background on each of the day’s three texts might help.
Psalm 120 is repeated yet again, yet this song of lament by a leader caught up in nefarious slander against him offers several points of connection.
Sticks and stones don’t break
Bones made of iron and steel
But, dear God, they sting!
Jeremiah 22:11-17 reveals karma for corrupt leaders whose self-indulgence and neglect of just governance leads to an inevitable downfall. – in this case the historic exile of Judah to Babylon.
The spoils of office
A chance for graft or just rule
O which will it be?
Luke 11:37-52 is from the gospel that promotes mature service – something alien to the religious leaders that Jesus is critiquing here.
Scribes and Pharisees
Peering over my shoulder
Get lost! I am free!