Dem Dry Bones

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The toe bone connected to the foot bone. The foot bone connected to the ankle bone. Ever heard of dem bry bones? (It’s an old spiritual tune.) That song was written about today’s first reading! More in a moment. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is asked which commandment in the law is the greatest. Be sure to read His answer.

In today’s first reading from Ezekiel 37, we see the story of the dry bones. The Spirit of the Lord leads Ezekiel to a plain that is filled with bones. Dry bones that have no life in them. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones that God would bring life into them. So Ezekiel does. And God does just what He said He would do. The bones begin connecting, along with sinew and flesh. But still there is no life in them…until God puts His Spirit into them. God said that He would do the same for His people.

Have you ever felt like those dry bones? Brittle, dead, cut off? Allow God’s Spirit to come in and re-animate you. God will breathe life back into you, even when you are like those dry bones.

I’m throwing in an added bonus for today’s reflection. Click here for a rendition of Dry Bones by Herman Munster. Enjoy the laugh!

Father, we ask you to bring us back to life, like you did with the dry bones. Amen.

Today’s Readings


  • Deborah Smith: August 21, 2020

    Thanks for the tune! Ezekiel would have loved it!

  • Karen Payton: August 21, 2020

    Absolutely loved the musical reference for today’s first reading!

  • Robert Needham: August 21, 2020

    Good morning, Gus!
    I have heard of the song. I thought it would be fun to see it performed. The video is not available on YouTube. It must have offended someone.

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