August 12, 2014
It was clearly a ‘mom and dad’ teaching kind of moment today; Although the lesson could be associated with all human relationships as well (work, politics, church, etc).
The Lord GOD said to me (Ezekiel): “As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you: be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.” Ez 2:8-3:4
And we’re quick to think of those kids we’ve spoiled so badly, with their temper tantrums at dinner time. Yet, before we get to the end of the reading, God continues, “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them.” ibid
Hmmm, maybe he wasn’t speaking about the kids not eating, but us! Maybe it’s really us who are called to undo the rebelliousness, to find the lost and convince them that this food really is quite sweet!
Jesus expounded on the theme saying, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
And then we’re really confused, because we thought it was the kids who are so rebellious. And we wonder, have the times changed so much from the time of Jesus, when kids truly were respective and humble? Maybe the answer is – Yes! But it’s not the kids who are to blame. It really is us! And then Jesus, like God to Ezekiel, moves the responsibility exactly to us, when he gives the example:
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? . . . In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” ibid
You see, beloved, it’s not our place to moan and groan about the disrespect of others (especially children). But it IS our place to teach others respect by our example (how we show respect to them and to our superiors), by our loving care for “the lost ones.” And then bring them back home to the sweetness of the Lord!
May our loving God bless us all!
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