In the Gospel reading today from Matthew 18, Jesus asks a question about a man who has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray. Jesus says, “Will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?” God is always looking after us when we go astray – no matter how far we go or where we are. And when we hear His voice and return, there is much rejoicing.
The first reading today from Ezekiel 2 and 3 is an interesting story. God writes on a scroll. What is written is not pleasant. “Written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe!” God then tells Ezekiel to eat the scroll. That’s right, put it in his mouth and eat the scroll. You would think that that would be very unpleasant, especially given what was written on the scroll. Not so. Ezekiel says, “I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.” God then orders Ezekiel to go and speak His words to the house of Israel.
God’s word is sweet. It is a shame that too many people today don’t recognize that. As Christians, we are called just as Ezekiel was - to share God's word with others. Problem is, we don't feel as though we know God's word well enough. But just as Ezekiel did, we are called to feast on the word. And as Catholics, we get to feast on the word in the Liturgy of the Word, and the Word made Flesh in the Liturgy of the Eucharist whenever we go to Mass. Read the Bible, participate in the Sacraments, then go share the word with others!
Father, we thank you for allowing us to feast on the Word, in numerous ways. May we always be willing to share it with others. Amen.
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