“I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14)
⏰Friday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (21 August 2020 – Memorial of St. Pius Xth)
📖Ezek 37:1-14; Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 22:34-40
🎤”I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND YOU SHALL LIVE” (Ezek 37:14)
In continuation of the theme of yesterday, God continues to promise us his spirit. This Spirit will help us to achieve all things we need.
After the people of Israel had spent a very long time in exile with accompanying disgrace and oppression, they became totally depressed and lost hope of survival or being restored back to their land. That was the background of the prophecy of Ezekiel in Ezek 37:1-14.
It is possible that there is a situation in your life that is currently driving you crazy and causing you to lose your faith in God. As this prophecy was for the Israelites, so it is also for you.
So listen to the word of God concerning you child of God, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live” (Ezek 37:14).
See! Your case is not a hopeless one because our God is one who makes something out of nothing (see Gen 1:1-27). He changes hopelessness into hopefulness.
Are you equally seeing yourself now hopeless in a deep dark pit? Don’t worry! The same God who caused dry bones to live again can change your tears into laughter. And so shall it be for you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
You only need to allow the prophet Ezekiel to mentor you. Join him to:
👉🏽Acknowledge that it is only God who holds the key to your breakthrough (Ezek 37:3);
👉🏽Do whatever God commands you to do (Ezek 37:7);
👉🏽Follow God even when his process seems to be slow (Ezek 37:8).
Have you considered the expression of the prophet in Ezek 37:1-2? Listen to this! There are three hopeless situations that the prophet itemized there:
👉🏽First, the location was in a valley – a valley is like a very deep dark pit where one can fall into and have no hope of salvation.
👉🏽Then this very deep dark pit is full of bones.
👉🏽Then, the bones were very dry
VERY DRY BONES INSIDE A VERY DEEP DARK PIT.
You cannot do all that if you are not a man or woman of faith.
St. Pope Pius Xth, whose memorial we celebrate today was a great man of faith and highly intelligent. Despite his great intelligence and subsequent high offices in the Church, he remained a simple man, who practiced the virtues of poverty and fortitude. He used his position and wealth of knowledge to fight the theological errors that were sweeping through the Church at that time.
I pray that God may build up and increase your faith in him so that your end story would be full of testimony and joy through Christ our Lord. Amen
Have a miraculous and joyful day. Peace be with you.