1st Reading – Ezekiel 17:22-24
Thus says the Lord GOD:
I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,
from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,
and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;
on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.
It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,
and become a majestic cedar.
Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,
every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.
And all the trees of the field shall know
that I, the LORD,
bring low the high tree,
lift high the lowly tree,
wither up the green tree,
and make the withered tree bloom.
As I, the LORD, have spoken, so will I do.
The prophet Ezekiel lived during the time when the Babylonians destroyed Judah, the southern kingdom. Ezekiel 1:2 tells us that he was among the exiles in Babylon. He experienced all the agony associated with the loss of king and kingdom.
In our first reading, Ezekiel pronounces an oracle of salvation with an allegory about a tree. In it, God promises that he will bring a new king from the house of David back into power. Continue reading “Jun 13, 2021: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)”