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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ezekiel 2: The Scroll

imagesCAY6MAJWIf we ever need the courage to speak the words God enjoins us to speak which we know will set our family, friends and acquaintances on edge, we only need read this chapter of the Book of Ezekiel.  This prophet spoke to the rebellious of Israel and also to the rebellious who were taken off in exile . . . and neither group wanted to hear the truth of his words.  This is what we must expect when we speak truth to power, mercy to callousness, love to indifference.  Words from the source of all being and creation will ring true; words from all that is good will cause more discomfort than comfort.  The Lord reminds us of this when we read this story which dwells more on the vision of what can be rather than on the reality of what is.  Just as God handed a scroll to Ezekiel, so too does he hand us our own scroll . . . and we must have the courage to read it out.

Fear neither them nor their words when they contradict you and reject you, and when you sit on scorpions.

God is accustomed to having his words turned away; yet even knowing this he asks us to join him in his work.

Whether they heed or resist – for they are a rebellious house – they shall know that a prophet has been among them.

God expects that many will turn away from his word which saves and heals; but even knowing this he calls us to the vineyard to gather the harvest with mercy-filled obedience.

Neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

The faithful need not fight, nor worry about whether their work is apparently effective; yet even knowing this, God calls us to speak . . . and once we have acted as he has asked, he speaks to each rebel deep within the heart.

Speak my words to them, whether they heed or resist, for they are a rebellious people.

God has come among us as a human to show us how to walk and how to act, knowing that his work takes fearsome courage; yet even knowing that he will die on the cross . . . God persists in living among us as his word incarnate.

Obey me when I speak to you; be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.

Just as the Lord hands a scroll to Ezekiel with the words inked out so that his words may not be mistaken, just so is each of us called to speak the truth we hear with our interior ear.

As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season that begins soon, let us resolve to speak the words on the scroll God hands to us.  As we enter the battle of life each day, we will want to know what to do and what to say.  And we will want to reply as did the loyal Joshua when God asked him to lead his people across the Jordan River to take up residence in their new land: As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.  (24:15)


Image from: http://thedailychapter.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/ezekiel-3-%E2%80%9Cezekiel-learns-about-his-mission%E2%80%9D/

First written on April 10, 2009.  Re-written and posted today as a Favorite.

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Jeremiah 1:19: God Will Prevailheart-on-fire-for-god

March 2, 2015

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., tells us that prophets are an essential element of a society that hopes to improve and progress. He writes: “The Hebrew prophets were free to love their tradition and to criticize it at the same time, which is a very rare art form . . . The presumption for anyone with a dualistic mind is that if you criticize something, you don’t love it. Wise people like the prophets would say the opposite”. Prophets are afire with the understanding that keeping silence is worse than suffering for speaking up. Prophets understand that . . .

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Rohr knows the human spirit well when he writes, “We don’t want people who point out our shadow side or our dark side. It is no accident that the prophets and the priests are usually in opposition to one another”. Power structures abhor critiques of any kind. They use the power of silence to control thinking; and yet . . .

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Rohr also suggests that “Human consciousness does not emerge at any depth except through struggling with [our] shadow”. In other words, we cannot really grow except when we tussle with life and those we encounter each day. We cannot grow without a passionate desire to experience God’s ways; and so . . .

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

The prophet Jeremiah sees the corruption and hypocrisy in his society. He speaks up and speaks out, knowing that in so doing he endangers his life. Jeremiah, afire with a deep passion for God’s word and God’s way, confronts the power structure and ultimately prevails because he knows that . . .

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Richard Rohr citations in this post are from “Self-Critical Thinking,” Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation for Monday, February 15, 2015. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Richard-Rohr-s-Meditation–Self-Critical-Thinking.html?soid=1103098668616&aid=rnft6vyUO0Q

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