content from Creighton University's Daily Reflections
Chas Kestermeier, S.J., English Department
If we pay attention to Ezekiel's text concerning the dry bones we can see that it is a figure Ezekiel aims at Israel and its infidelity to the Lord and his law, but we can also see that it fits our pagan modern society just as well.
Too many of us have our bones connected logically and properly, but they are without life: they just go through their lives day by day as they wish, just looking for enough pleasure to get by. Such people have no goal and no growth; they are already dead even though they have not yet lain down at the end of this time that is our earthly chance to choose who we will be in the next life.
Others of us are driven, active, and seeking a goal, albeit a poorly-defined success which amounts to money, power, or status and popularity: we have a flesh that is active, but we are still not really alive, merely adolescents following a materialist program.
It is only when the Spirit comes to us that we are able to gain real life and to receive what the Lord has prepared for us --- but this happens only to the extent that we let go of all that is merely earthly, right down to who and what we are and the goals we insist on pursuing.
Into our lives the Lord sends prophets, men and women who bear his word, a most effective word. Consider how Ezekiel receives that word (2:1-11), sweet in his mouth but bitter and filling his heart with anger. The prophetic words of Ezekiel are powerful here, fulfilling the will of the Lord and bringing life to those who truly wish to become the Lord's people.