Talk about prophecy! Talk about Truth! We could insert the reading from Ezekiel into our present day with very little editing, let me paraphrase. ‘Never again shall America be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two ideologies. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols (money, power, feelings placed above the needs of other…), their abominations (infanticide, parricide, feticide, euthanasia…) and all their transgression (licentiousness, greed, gluttony, pride…). I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy (rejection of the faith and teachings of the Church founded by Christ, rejection of God, rejection of objective morality…).’ Wow! I guess our human nature haven’t changed since Ezekiel’s time.
Thankfully, what has changed, is our relationship to God. God has kept His promise to restore us through David’s line in a new covenant. He redeemed us from the hand of our conquerors (sin), turned our mourning into joy (as we conform ourselves to Him), and has made what was done in evil (Christ’s crucifixion) into good, our salvation! Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Caiaphas, gathering the dispersed children of God into one. That process of gathering the faith filled followers of God, continues today as we continue to spread His word of salvation, joy, and peace for those in His Kingdom. The Kingdom that draws near in the Incarnate Word and is announced in the Gospel, remains present in the Eucharist as the Holy Spirit forms His Holy people, as we wait in joyful expectation when the Kingdom is handed over to the Father.