On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the Lord came to the priest Ezekiel son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was on him there.
As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. When they moved, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of mighty waters, like the thunder of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army; when they stopped, they let down their wings. And there came a voice from above the dome over their heads; when they stopped, they let down their wings.
And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form. Upward from what appeared like the loins I saw something like gleaming amber, something that looked like fire enclosed all around; and downward from what looked like the loins I saw something that looked like fire, and there was a splendor all around. Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today is the memorial of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). In the first reading, Moses tells the Israelites to remain faithful to God before and after settling in the Promised Land. They are to do this by loving God with all their heart, soul, and strength, and to repeat this commandment to their children so that they do not forget the Lord who liberated them from slavery in Egypt.
We too are expected to love God and to repeat (preach) to others how God’s love has freed us and continues to free us from different kinds of enslavement. However, we cannot effectively preach about love merely with words. Simple acts of love such as one beggar sharing bread with another beggar are more effective homilies in a world where people do not feel free due to poverty, injustice, discrimination, and addictions. Love without deeds is dead!
May God the Father, who made us, bless us.
May God the Son, who redeemed us, send healing intoug our midst.
May God the Holy Spirit, who gives us life, move within us.
May God give us eyes to see to God, ears to hear God,
and hands to bring God’s work into the world.
May we walk with God and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us
at last by God’s grace to the eternal Kingdom.
— Prayer of St. Dominic