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Ezekiel 11:14-21God’s Great Love

Friday, September 28, 2018

Written on March 18 and posted today as a Favorite . . .

We can never hear too many times the message that what has been scattered and lost will be gathered and brought to life.  This is likely the message that most of us recall when we think of the prophet Ezekiel.  From the footnotes: Like Jeremiah, Ezekiel knows that no reform is to be expected from the men of Judah who remained in Palestine; but the exiles will be the ones to form the new Israel.  The new, spiritual covenant will replace the former covenant.  (Senior 1043)

From Jeremiah 24:7: I will give them a new heart with which to understand that I am the Lord.  They shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. 

From today’s first Mass reading, Ezekiel 18:21: Thus says the Lord God: If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 

From Philippians 4:6-7: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The message is clear – and it is a message we can never hear too often.  We are loved.  We have the opportunity to turn to God in love.  We can expect restoration.  We are to ask the God who loves us so dearly for the desires of our heart.  We are redeemed and made whole by God alone.

I will gather you from the nations and assemble you from the countries over which you have been scattered, and I will restore you . . .

What greater gift can we expect?  What greater love is there than God’s?

A re-post from August 27, 2011.

Image from: http://rectorymusings.blogspot.com/2010/09/parable-of-lost-sheep-lost-coin-lost.html

Senior, Donald, ed. THE CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE. New York, Oxford University Press, 1990.1043. Print.

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