This Sunday and next and the one after that, the first readings will be drawn from the books of prophets: Ezekiel, Amos and Jeremiah, in that order. Today, we hear the middle part of the story of God calling Ezekiel to be a prophet to his people. The first part of the story is a vivid chapter-long description of a vision of the LORD enthroned in glory above all creatures. In the third part, Ezekiel is given a sweet-tasting scroll to eat. This is a sign of the sweetness of God’s word and a promise that God will remain with Ezekiel, even when he is rejected by his own people, as today’s reading forewarns.
Thus does the first reading prepare us for what Jesus will encounter when he arrives in his hometown synagogue.
The second reading concludes the selections from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians that the church has been reading over the last four Sundays. Nonetheless, Paul’s reflections on the power of Christ also prepare us for what Jesus experiences “in his native place,” as we shall hear in today’s reflection.
This week’s readings can be found on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.