June 28

Ezekiel 2:1-3

“He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.” vs. 1 

UFO enthusiasts believe that the vision described by Ezekiel in chapter one of his book is the account of his encounter with an alien spacecraft around the year 597 BCE. Of course that’s not how Ezekiel interpreted it–for him it was an encounter with the Lord, an experience that changed his life. Whatever it was that he saw and heard, he believed that it was a direct call from God to be a prophet to his people during the time of their captivity. In that moment he was filled with a spirit that gave him words that Israel needed to hear to maintain their identity as God’s chosen ones. Ezekiel wasn’t the first to have such an experience and he certainly wasn’t the last. Surrounded as we are by the Divine Presence it’s not unusual for people to feel the Spirit pushing and prodding them into speech or action on behalf of others. It could even happen as the result of a dream or a vision. While it’s notoriously difficult to interpret those spiritual impulses they will always be in line with God’s infinite desire for justice, peace, and mercy. Often we’ll be tempted to ignore those calls in favor of self-interest, but God doesn’t give up. We’ll probably never see a UFO but we will certainly feel the Spirit urging us to act in love for the sake of the needy and the hurting.

Thought for the Day: When have I felt the urging of the Spirit?

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