An Impossible Question

Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday Year B, RCL Ezekiel 37:1-14, Acts 2:1-21, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 An impossible question is asked of Ezekiel; can these bones live? Ezekiel knows that only God could possibly know the answer. God’s response to Ezekiel is that all things are possible through God. In Ezekiel’s vision, God does not speak to these bones to come together, to reanimate, and become alive. God works through Ezekiel in which Ezekiel has to take the initiative and act on what he hears God say. God says to Ezekiel “prophecy to these bones . . . and I will cause breath, or the spirit, to enter [them].” It is only when Ezekiel speaks God’s word that these bones come together. The passage says

I can almost see peace

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, RCL 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us.”[i] When we read John’s gospel we should take care to understand that the word of God is not the Bible or the Hebrew Scriptures but Jesus. And today Jesus prays for the basic welfare of the disciples. He is worried about how they will be treated by the world around them after he leaves, and his concerns are valid. We can see the way the world treated Jesus. He was mocked and scorned; questioned and belittled both while alive and while he was being tortured to death. Just imagine, on a daily basis,

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