The First reading at Mass today, Sunday, the 14th Sunday of the Year, comes from the prophetic book of Ezekiel.
The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me.
He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’
That the prophet speaks and is heard is what matters to the Lord.
Whether the people choose to listen or not is a matter for them.
In the Old Testament sometimes the prophet is eager that the people listen, sometimes – notably with…
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