Sermon 04 July 2021 (Proper 9)

There is no return to normal by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In Ezekiel’s day:
– Israel was in exile in Babylon
– False prophets proclaimed they would soon return
– God said they would not, and sent Ezekiel to proclaim it
– When hope in man was dead, God gave Ezekiel a new word: dry bones

In our day:
– The Church is under siege by governments, media, and culture
– False prophets proclaim we will soon return to “normal”
– What is God saying?

Lectionary:  Ezekiel 2:1-7; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-6

Referenced Scriptures: Ezekiel 1:10; Ezekiel 3:4-11; Ezekiel 37:1-14; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Ephesians 5:26; Matthew 28:19-20

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRq0HYAkxZUzrNY0eW?e=da7UMm

Audio note: a person came into Mass off the street, and at 3:10 in the original recording asked a question. His question quickly became a lecture, so after working with him a few minutes I eventually had to ask him to leave. I have omitted that 7-minute portion from the recording, so there is a slightly curious transition and some references later in the recording to what happened during the missing minutes.

Notes – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/b/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRq0Ct6T_phnGFT8sF?e=G0xcCG

Testimonies during Mass:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRqz4nD0sd_D4CZ8us?e=Qasddq