Friday, April 4, 2014
My Breath in You
I want to show you this loon who comes briefly every spring and fall on his travels. (Clicking on the image enlarges it and shows his beautiful markings.)
This Sundays reading from Ezekiel 37:12-14 is commenting on the remarkable story, that immediately precedes it, of the field of dry bones. God orders the prophet to command the dry bones to be human beings once again. Gradually they come together and grow flesh and the Lord says to them, "I will put breath into you, and you shall live again." Originally this was a metaphor for the revival of Judea after the exile, but in the years before Jesus, as some Jews came to believe in the resurrection of the body, it was seen as a prediction of that survival.
It comments beautifully on Sunday's second reading about the Spirit of God and of Jesus within us and the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The passage enlarges the promise, "I will put My breath into you and you shall live again." That we live now with the very breath of God is astonishing.