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James Cavanagh is the director of Evangelization and Catechesis for Metro-Area Parishes of the Denver Archdiocese. His weekly column, "Breaking Open the Word," is syndicated by the Denver Catholic Register, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Click here to visit the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Denver.
July 8: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
• Ezekiel 2:2-5
Synopsis: The readings this week deal with a “cheery” subject: rejection. In the first reading, Ezekiel is called by God to minister to the exiles in Babylon. But God warns him that they may not accept him or his message. It was their defiance and lack of faith that landed them in exile, and they are still, God says, “obstinate of heart” and a “rebellious house.” Nevertheless, Ezekiel must go to them. They need to know that the exile will not last forever. But they also need to repent. They need to change. It’s a message of “tough love” that Ezekiel must preach. Whether they accept it or not isn’t his concern. His concern is to deliver the message.
James Cavanagh is director of Evangelization and Catechesis for Metro-area Parishes of the Denver Archdiocese. Cavanagh’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register.
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