June 13, 2021
Up until the year 597 B.C. Ezekiel had been the priest in the temple in Jerusalem. He was among the first of those who were taken into the Exile to Babylon. For those in Exile, he told them that the Exile was because of their sinfulness. He also gave them hope that God would not desert them.
He gave them words of encouragement that better days were to come. He gave the image of how God can trim the top of a giant tree and replant it. So it would be with this failed people.
That same story is true for us. Even in our darkest moments, God will not give up on us. He will take our difficult moments and replant them into something wonderful. The real problem we have is that we usually want God to act right now. We are part of an instant culture.
At our Baptism we are called to make Christ present in the world, and for sure, at times, we failed, but God will never leave us. He encourages us to begin again and again. He gives us a chance to experience His great mercy.
St. Paul writes this letter to encourage the Christians of his time. We know that God has called us and given us the gift of faith. We are to hold on to this gift.
Paul says we need to remember that we...
...walk by faith not by sight.
God is working in all the ups and down of our lives. Often we need to pray for the patience to allow God to work in His time and ways not ours.
We are to use the events and situations that we are placed in to make God's love present to the whole world.
For sure we are called to walk by faith not by sight.
The people Jesus addressed were a people who believed that the Messiah would be a political leader to lead them to freedom from Roman domination. So
Jesus spoke in parables, using words which related to them and their agricultural mentality.
Jesus gives this parable of a sower to help us to see how God works. As with seeds planted in the dry earth and depending on nature for water, the process was, at times slow, and God often works in our lives in the same way.
Are we willing to allow God to work
in His ways
will we give up on God
and try to do things our ways???