Empowered by the Spirit of God

A Holy Commissioning

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Listening Faithfully Contemplations: Ezekiel 2:2-5 [Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)]

2 And the spirit entered into me after that he spoke to me, and he set me upon my feet: and I heard him speaking to me,

3 And saying: Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious people, that hath revolted from me, they, and their fathers, have transgressed my covenant even unto this day.

4 And they to whom I send thee are children of a hard face, and of an obstinate heart: and thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God:

5 If so be they at least will hear, and if so be they will forbear, for they are a provoking house: and they shall know that there hath been a prophet in the midst of them.


Empowerment by the Spirit:

Dear brothers and sisters, Prophet Ezekiel was called to serve God by professing the coming Messiah. His task was daunting: to speak to the rebellious Israelites, whom God himself described as obstinate and stubborn. In this, we find that true prophetic ministry is first ordained through God’s spirit and, therefore, sustained by God Himself and not by the strength of man. To this, I ask, has God ever come and spoken to you for the purpose of giving you a mission? According to Christian Questions website,

God treats people differently based on the situation and the time period in which they live. In early biblical times, God understood that people needed to hear His voice directly or through angels and prophets in order to believe in His power because the Bible hadn’t been written yet.

However, I believe if you listen hard enough, you can hear God, and He doesn’t always give you a mission; rather, He gives advice. The Christian Bible supports our faith in some regard, but unlike Ezekiel, we are tasked with believing without seeing. Though God’s presence is all around us, it is through our observations and perceptive abilities that we can indeed access God daily. Indeed, I tell you that if you alter your attitude, you can see all the tiny miracles that happen in your life each and every day. In this regard, believing only by seeing becomes quant at best. No, we are all empowered by the Holy Spirit through our faith and, therefore, can have a full-blown conversation with God at any time, day or night we wish, for he is always there and listening faithfully.

Human Rebellion:

The Israelites are described as rebellious, insolent, and stubborn. This reflects a broader biblical theme of human resistance to God’s will. Despite their continual rebellion, God’s persistence in sending prophets shows His relentless pursuit of His people. But this brings up yet another question about faith, a question many of you may have been asking all your lives: “Why does God love us so much that he would pursue his people so relentlessly?” To answer this question, we first must understand who God is fundamentally.

8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. - 1 John 4:8 [New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)]

God pursues his people because He created us. He loves us because His love is unconditional. He is the source of true love and thereby demonstrates love in everything He does. God is, therefore, the very definition of love itself. But, this statement is out of reach for those who do not know God nor do not want to know Him. In their view, if God was love, wouldn’t He have created us to also express unconditional love? Within this question is the root of their lack of faith, which explains man’s rebellion against God. Which is a reflection of the heavenly rebellion of the angels who fell from grace.

Prophetic Obedience:

Ezekiel’s task is to speak God’s words, irrespective of the people’s response. This teaches an important lesson about obedience in ministry and in life in general. Success is not measured by human response but by faithfulness to God’s calling. Therefore, by listening to God we are living His will for us in our lives. The more we do this and the less we rebel, the more we can see the purpose we are to fulfill. As a professional teacher for over twenty years, there are days I wish God had asked me to do something else, something that would pay me more and allow me to feel less stress. A task that was more suited to my personal wants of being lazy and seeking the work-from-home lifestyle. But in that moment when I wanted to quit, I remembered my promise to God and His faithfulness to me. I have never been without food or a roof over my head, and I have never been without His presence, as he is always with me, guiding me and strengthening and protecting me. In this, I constantly ask God to allow all people to feel this way and to know Him as I do.


In reflection this passage challenges us to consider our own responsiveness to God’s call. Are we willing to speak and act on God’s behalf, even in the face of opposition or indifference? It also reminds us that our efforts in God’s service are empowered by His Spirit and that success is defined by our faithfulness to His commands, not by the immediate outcomes we see.

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Dear Father in heaven, open our hearts to the wonder of being able to call you Father, the wonder of being united with you. You are the source of all life and strength. In you is redemption, and we need to be redeemed before we can live rightly.
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  [THE DIVINE OFFICE: CHRISTIAN PRAYER: The Liturgy of the Hours] 

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord will wield from Zion your scepter of power: rule in the midst of all your foes.

A prince from the day of your birth on the holy mountains; from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

The Lord has sworn an oath, and he will not change. “You are a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.”

The Master standing at your right hand will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside, and therefore, he shall lift up his head.

Glory to the Father, and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen

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Reflection 4: Abundant Love

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God,compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” ~ Exodus 34:6-7

The road to living without expectations from others is a road to freedom. It is a choice, a frame of mind, a deep force which is made whole through action and faith. It is like saying, “Enough with this world, I want God only!” It is a transition within your heart, one that leads you from looking for acceptance, looking for repayment, looking for love, and yes looking for satisfaction. Turning from the world to not looking, or yearning, or expecting, but rather knowing your loved, knowing your accepted, knowing your treasure is infinite for all time in God. For our Lord God in Heaven has already given us, His children compassion, grace, abounding love, truth, life, forgiveness, and He sealed it with His blood on the cross. Why, then would you turn to evil, do evil and sin in His presence, rebel against Him who is all powerful, all knowing, and all loving? Why fight when all you have to do is surrender your heart to God, and allow Him to work in your life. For know this simple truth, God does not delight in the punishment of sinners, or the evil or wicked, rather He has given many chances for those people to turn form evil works and to turn instead to righteousness. For God hath spared many, yearns to spare millions more if only they wake up and live. For our God will punish the wicked, and He alone will curse the multitude and all who come from their line. Therefore, the road to life is a road without living in the world, but rather living in the abundance of God in its wholeness, it is taking hold of his hand and never letting go, never looking back, and staying convicted in the truth of God all the days of your life.

11 Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’” ~ Ezekiel 33:11

Expectations in the world demands so much effort, it demands so much time and gives nothing back. It is like a heartless taskmaster who works you to the bone without mercy, yet almost every human being accepts this fate without question. Do we not get angry when someone tells us they will do something in return for something we have only for them to not deliver. Where have then placed our faith? Know that it was not intended by our God to ever be so, yet Satan delivered to mankind sin. Satan gave us sin and taught us to rebel with the simple idea that God is not love. This lie is the same lie we hear everyday when we place our faith in other people instead of God. For Satan’s undoing was found within the death of CHRIST ON THE CROSS. So our fate can be with God, with eternal love, with abounding joy, with our Lord forever if we simple make one shift in our heart, mind, and soul and open the door to God and forever close it to Satan and this world.

Be on guard for the attacks that follow when you make this transition, as Satan will try his best to turn you back to a life filled with sin, for it is written;

18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it.” ~ Ezekiel 33:18

But again God does not take pleasure in the punishment of the wicked, therefore God offers to you repentance for it is also written;

19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them~ Ezekiel 33:19

I say to you that it is better to emulate God, than Satan, it is better to live without expectations in man than it is to live within the world slaving away for nothing but dust in the grave. For it is a much fruitful life to live with your eyes open and your filled with the glory of God than it is to be blinded, condemned, and torchered for eternity.

45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” ~ Luke 24:45-47

Jesus Died for all men, Jews and Gentiles alike, His sacrificed Himself just as Abraham was asked by God to do to Isaac.God stole from Satan his victory and tore the cloth from the synagogue and brought down all evil for all time. God, through His son Jesus Christ made all things new, and this was their plan since before the foundations of the world where poured.

Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,

“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

To live without expectations is to live within God and His perfect wisdom, wisdom given by the Holy Spirit. Therefore turn from your wicked ways and live.


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