Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ezekiel 12: 1-16
Rebellion, or ‘wickedness’ separates us from God in the same way that it separated the Israelites from their covenant with the Lord in the prophet Ezekiel’s time. Then as now, the only remedy for rebellion is reconciliation, which begins with repentance: ‘Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Am I being rebellious toward God by following my own whims and wishes, instead of following Jesus? Do I rebel (with Satan) against God’s gentle nudges to mercy by refusing to serve others and serving my own self interests instead? Am I resisting Christ’s call to seek first the kingdom of God, by spending my time, treasure and talent to chase success and material gain? Do I decline to forgive others by standing on my principles, rather than growing into the good soil of faith, hope and love? Am I prepared to repent of my rebelliousness and so seek full communion with God again through forgiveness? Holy Spirit of God reveal my rebellion, that I might fully repent.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
Forgiveness is the doorway to the healing work of God.
Parish priest’s homily, 2016
Soli gloriam dei.
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.