Today, influenced by Christ’s love and mercy, we would not use such blunt language, especially in a worship place. Sadly, at that time, that was the only kind of language that could get the attention of the Israelites.
In today’s reading, the prophet Ezekiel was sent to challenge the Israelites about their unfaithfulness and, at the same time, to give them a hope for release from their captivity.
The analogy and language of the reading are blunt and rude to fit the dreadful sins of “the chosen ones.” The unfaithfulness to her marriage vows refers to the breaking of the covenant between God and Israel, and the prostitution to Israel’s turning to idolatry.
It is a serious thing to accept the blessings and provisions of God … and then credit their source to someone or something other than God. Everything we have, including our lives, are gifts from God. Our failure to acknowledge God and His role in creation is not ignorance, but denial.
Although the whole chapter of Ezekiel 16 is a graphic, vivid analogy describing Israel’s idolatry or spiritual adultery, it concludes with hope of reconciliation; re-establishment of the covenant and the return to glorious times. Despite the certainty of the coming judgment, God would not forget His covenant with Israel. They would continue to have a special place in His plan of the ages, and therefore in His heart.
How does this passage speak to us in our lockdown? What can we do to increase our hope for restoration from our captivities?
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About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!