The Fall of an Ancient City

Monday of the Fifth Week in Easter, Year B
Ezekiel 27—28

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The ancient seaport city of Tyre in Phoenicia is targeted for destruction due to its wanton pride and arrogance. It was located on an island just off the northeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Its power had stretched as far as Spain in the West, to Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in the East. A long list of cities is included, such as Tarshish in Spain, cities under the sway of this ancient kingdom. Though many of these cities cannot be identified any longer, the cumulative effect of the list is designed to have us feel the extent of this ancient maritime power.

Nebuchadnezzar laid a thirteen-year siege of Tyre from about 587-574 BC. Ezekiel sees this as a consequence of the power that Phoenicia wielded from its arrogant king whom Ezekiel denounces. This phrase appears twice: “You set your heart as the heart of a god.” Thus passes the glory of the world. Only those connected to the Word of God will live forever.


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The Fall of Egypt Coming

Monday of the Sixth Week in Easter, Year B    Ezekiel 29—30

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Ezekiel directs his prophetic power toward Egypt. The theme for all these proclamations against the nations is the growth of their power without giving glory to God.

The most vital aspect of the power of Egypt was the Nile River. The Pharaoh called the River “Mine,” failing to give God the glory for its existence. Again, the power of Babylonia and its wicked king is going to come against this nation. The text of the proclamation gives us a sense of the outrage of the Lord at those nations that do not truly acknowledge God as the ultimate power and Lord of the world.

Pray for all nations that they too will trust in the Lord, and not in the power of violence to redress the wrongs that they find against each other. We live in a “Global Village.” Lift it to God for God’s blessing and care.

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The Outcast Wife

Mondays: The Prophets
Ezekiel 15—16

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Vine-wood has only one purpose—to give grapes. Jesus shares the same image in John 15: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”

Sense in your spirit the pain of the Lord as that of a husband of a wife who has become the most debased of whores that ever existed. The pain of God yields not “grapes of wrath,” but grapes of love—wine for Eucharist. Our blood lives because Jesus’ was poured out for us. Greater is the redemptive blood of Jesus than all our infidelity. The tenderness of God is described with all the exuberance of the Song of Songs.

However unfaithful you have been to the call of the Lord upon your life, be less in awe about this, than in awe about the constancy of God’s love for you. Greater is God’s love than your sin. Engraft yourself on the vine again—the only way your life will bear fruit.

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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Rescued from the open field 16:5
Faithfulness to You, O Lord 16:15ff
Your covenant forever 16:60
Knowing that You are the Lord 16:62

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Prophetic Symbols

Mondays: The Prophets
Ezekiel 12—14

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Forty-seven times the number four appears in Ezekiel, seven times in just six verses in chapter 10. As the Alphabyte “Quarters” suggests, four is basic to life, symbol of fullness and completion.

The word “prophesy” literally means, “to speak on behalf” of God. However, in addition to the voice, God often speaks through symbolic gestures of the prophets such as Jeremiah, commanded not to marry and Hosea, ordered to marry a prostitute. These gestures express the infidelity that wounds the heart of God who loves so much. In today’s reading, Ezekiel is to gather up his belongings as though going into exile—sign of what is going to happen to God’s rebellious people.

Beyond the anger of God, read God’s hurt as that of a beloved treated with indifference and infidelity on the part of the spouse. The denial of bread, a consequence to immanent siege, is similar to the refusal of the Bread of Life in last Friday’s reading.

What symbolic gestures does God suggest to you, to express how you are relating to the Lord these days?

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Bible Breaths
What are these?
When You speak, it comes to pass. 12:25
Uplifting others for good 13:22
You taking hold of my heart 14:5
We Your people; You our God 14:11

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Four Faces

Mondays: The Prophets
Ezekiel 10—11

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Forty-seven times the number four appears in Ezekiel, seven times in just six verses in chapter 10. As the Alphabyte “Quarters” suggests, four is basic to life, symbol of fullness and completion.

Slow down your reading so that the images in Ezekiel can come alive in you. Go with him to the places where he leads. The four faces have led to various later interpretations of finding the faces of the Evangelists. St. John is the Eagle as he soars in heights of sublime understanding of Jesus.

Be ready for the heights of communion with God where the Lord wants to take you. The Lord is doing a miracle of re-creation in you as anything stony in your heart is transformed into a heart of fresh.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Moving with the Lord’s glory. 10:18
Opening to wise counsel 11:3
Spirit of God fall on me. 11:5
Ah Lord God, Keep the remnant! 11:13

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The Hole in the Wall

Monday – The Prophets
Ezekiel 8—9

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Go with Ezekiel lifted on high between heaven and earth. Behold the visions the Lord unfolds for him. Abominations of idolatry are committed. Feel the jealousy of God as worship of idols is described, with all the horrible practices that accompany this. The purity of God cannot tolerate such contamination. Those that continue to practice idolatry must be eliminated.

Look into the hole in your own heart, as into the eye-piece of a microscope. What do you see going on there? The pace of life, the demands of others can lure us into living out priorities that are not God’s—idols that God abhors. What do you see that fills your inner space? Release your hold on any idol. “Sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within” (9:4).

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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Your hand ever upon me 8:1
The glory of God with me 8:4
Sadness in my thoughtlessness 9:4
Focus on Your will alone

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Shocked into Repentance

Monday – The Prophets
Ezekiel 6—7

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If you find yourself shocked by the anger and violence of God, know how God is appalled even more by the evil of idolatry, which enrages God’s heart. No, you might not adore an idol of plaster of Paris, yet it is easy to be tempted to place the center of preference in some project, some plan, and some thing as empty as a cheap idol, in place of God.

The day of trouble has come: Good Friday. The Easter season is one continuous day of salvation. For those who resist God’s plan in their lives, there are not enough physical or emotional anesthesias to ward off the pain.

Be sobered by 7:13. Remember “the bottom line.” God is forgiving. Yet God wants your heart now, not postponed until later. God’s anger is short; God’s love is everlasting—but this life is not! Repent now and live.

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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You alone do I worship
Silver and gold do not save. 7:19
The wages of sin is death. Rom 6:23
Knowing that You are the Lord 7:27

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