July 4, 2021: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

 14th Sunday OT (2)

1st Reading – Ezekiel 2:2-5

As the LORD spoke to me, the spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.
But you shall say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD!
And whether they heed or resist — for they are a rebellious house —
they shall know that a prophet has been among them.

Today’s first reading is part of Ezekiel’s call story. He became a prophet in Babylon, the first prophet to receive his calling outside of the Holy Land. As one of the exiles deported by Nebuchadnezzar in 597 BC, his first task was to prepare his fellow countrymen in Babylon for the final destruction of Jerusalem, which they believed to be inviolable. Continue reading “July 4, 2021: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)”