Heroes among the obstinate
Thus what God said to Ezekiel in ancient Israel, as we hear in today’s first reading (Ezekiel 2:2-5), God says to us in our world today:
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.
By the grace of God, may we - unworthy sinners that we are - be faithful heroes among the obstinate.