Sunday, July 5, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Spirit of power
Ezekiel today uses the expression “the spirit entered into me and set me on my feet,” a rather graphic description of the Spirit’s power, important because “spirit” can seem abstract, airy, and forgettable. But God’s spirit is power. It “sets us on our feet,” it catapults us into action as it once drove Jesus into the desert to be tempted. It gives us the words we need to stand against evil and to act righteously. Yesterday, we expressed our patriotic spirit using many of these same images of ideals, strength, power, and action. Do you treasure the very Spirit of God at work in you as much as you value your country?
Today’s readings: Ezekiel 2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 (101). “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”