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Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read how Ezekiel speaks about the downfall of Tyre and Sidon. These wealthy cities are on the Mediterranean Sea. Tyre has become overcome by pride. When God gives us wisdom, wealth, and beauty we can become too proud and think it is our right to be in ourselves. The Lord says that he did not raise Israel up for his own side but to show his holiness.

Jeremiah will preach for fifty years. There are deeds that break his heart – idolatry, adultery, and apostasy. The Lord tells him that they should remember when they used to be faithful. We are told that Thieves are not ashamed when they steal but only when they are caught. This is the same when we sin and are caught sinning.

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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Jeremiah 2

1 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

2 ‘Go and shout this in Jerusalem’s ears: ‘Yahweh says this: “I remember your faithful love, the affection of your bridal days, when you followed me through the desert, through a land unsown.

3 Israel was sacred to Yahweh; the first-fruits of his harvest; all who ate this incurred guilt, disaster befell them, Yahweh declares.” ‘

4 Listen to Yahweh’s word, House of Jacob and all the families of the House of Israel.

5 Yahweh says this, ‘What did your ancestors find wrong in me for them to have deserted me so far as to follow Futility and become futile themselves?

6 They never said, “Where is Yahweh, who brought us out of Egypt and led us through the desert, through a land of plains and ravines, through a land of drought, of shadow dark as death, a land through which no one passes and where no human being lives?”

7 I brought you to a country of plenty, to enjoy its produce and good things; but when you entered you defiled my country and made my heritage loathsome.

8 The priests never asked, “Where is Yahweh?” Those skilled in the Law did not know me, the shepherds too rebelled against me and the prophets prophesied by Baal and followed the Useless Ones.

9 So I must state my case against you once more, Yahweh declares, and state my case against your children’s children:

10 Cross to the isles of the Kittim and look, send to Kedar and carefully observe, see if anything like this has happened before!

11 Does a nation change its gods? – and these are not gods at all! Yet my people have exchanged their Glory for the Useless One!

12 You heavens, stand aghast at this, horrified, utterly appalled, Yahweh declares.

13 For my people have committed two crimes: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug water-tanks for themselves, cracked water-tanks that hold no water.

14 ‘Is Israel a slave? Was he born into serfdom, for him to be preyed on like this?

15 Lions have roared at him, they have made their voices heard. They have left this country a desert, his towns lie burnt and uninhabited.

16 The people of Noph and Tahpanhes have shaved your skull!

17 Have you not brought this on yourself, by abandoning Yahweh your God, when he was guiding you on your way?

18 What is the good of going to Egypt now to drink the water of the Nile? What is the good of going to Assyria to drink the water of the River?

19 Your wickedness will bring its own punishment, your infidelities will bring you to book, so give thought and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon Yahweh your God and not to stand in awe of me, the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth declares.

20 ‘It is long ago now since you broke your yoke, burst your bonds and said, “I will not serve!” Yet on every high hill and under every green tree you have sprawled and played the whore.

21 Yet I had planted you, a red vine of completely sound stock. How is it you have turned into seedlings of a vine that is alien to me?

22 Even though you scrub yourself with soda and put in quantities of soap, the stain of your guilt would still be visible to me, the LordYahweh declares.

23 How dare you say, “I am not defiled, I have not run after the Baals?” Look at your behaviour in the Valley, realise what you have done.

24 A wild she-donkey, at home in the desert, snuffing the breeze in desire; who can control her when she is on heat? Males need not trouble to look for her, they will find her in her month.

25 Beware! Your own foot will go unshod, your own throat grow dry! But you said, “It is no use! No! For I love the Strangers and they are the ones I shall follow.”

26 ‘Like a thief ashamed at being caught, so will the House of Israel be: they, their kings, their chief men, their priests and their prophets,

27 who say to a piece of wood, “You are my father,” and to a stone, “You gave birth to me.” For they turn to me their backs, never their faces; yet when trouble comes they shout, “Get up! Save us!”

28 Where are your gods you made for yourself? Let them get up if they can save you when trouble comes! For you have as many gods as you have towns, Judah!

29 Why make out a case against me? You have all rebelled against me, Yahweh declares.

30 In vain I have struck your children, they have not accepted correction; your own sword has devoured your prophets like a marauding lion.

31 Now you of this generation, listen to what Yahweh says: Have I been a desert for Israel, or a land of gloom? Why do my people say, “We are our own masters, we will come to you no more”?

32 Does a girl forget her ornaments, a bride her sash? And yet my people have forgotten me, days beyond number.

33 ‘How well you set your course in pursuit of love! And so you have schooled your ways to wicked deeds.

34 The very skirts of your robe are stained with the blood of the poor, of innocent men you never caught breaking and entering! And in spite of all this,

35 you say, “I am innocent, let his anger turn from me!” Now I pass sentence on you for saying, “I have not sinned.”

36 ‘How frivolously you undertake a change of course! But you will be disappointed by Egypt just as you were by Assyria.

37 You will have to leave there too with your hands on your head, for Yahweh has rejected those that you rely on, you will come to no good with them.’

Ezekiel 28

1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

2 ‘Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, “The Lord Yahweh says this: Because your heart has grown proud, you thought: I am a god; I am divinely enthroned far out to sea. Though you are human, not divine, you have allowed yourself to think like God.

3 So, you are wiser than Danel; no sage as wise as you!

4 By your wisdom and your intelligence you have made yourself a fortune, you have put gold and silver into your treasuries.

5 Such is your skill in trading, your fortune has continued to increase, and your fortune has made your heart grow prouder.

6 “And so, the Lord Yahweh says this: Since you have allowed yourself to think like God,

7 very well, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most barbarous of the nations. They will draw sword against your fine wisdom, they will desecrate your splendour,

8 they will throw you down into the grave and you will die a violent death far out to sea.

9 Will you still think: I am a god, when your slaughterers confront you? But you will be human, not divine, in the clutches of the ones who strike you down!

10 You will die like the uncircumcised at the hand of foreigners. “For I have spoken — declares the Lord Yahweh.” ‘

11 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

12 ‘Son of man, raise a lament for the king of Tyre. Say to him, “The Lord Yahweh says this: You used to be a model of perfection, full of wisdom, perfect in beauty;

13 you were in Eden, in the garden of God. All kinds of gem formed your mantle: sard, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, garnet, emerald, and your ear-pendants and spangles were made of gold; all was ready on the day you were created.

14 I made you a living creature with outstretched wings, as guardian, you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked amid red-hot coals.

15 Your behaviour was exemplary from the day you were created until guilt first appeared in you,

16 because your busy trading has filled you with violence and sin. I have thrown you down from the mountain of God and destroyed you, guardian winged creature, amid the coals.

17 Your heart has grown proud because of your beauty, your wisdom has been corrupted by your splendour. I have thrown you to the ground; I have made you a spectacle for kings.

18 By the immense number of your crimes, by the dishonesty of your trading, you have defiled your sanctuary. So I have brought fire out of you to devour you; I have reduced you to ashes on the ground before the eyes of all who saw you.

19 Of the nations, all who know you are stunned at your fate. You are an object of terror; gone for ever.” ‘

20 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,

21 ‘Son of man, turn towards Sidon and prophesy against her.

22 Say, “The Lord Yahweh says this: I am against you, Sidon, I will show my glory in you! They will know I am Yahweh, once I execute sentence on her and display my holiness in her.

23 For I shall send her the plague, and there will be blood in her streets, and in her the dead will fall under the sword raised against her from all sides, and they will know that I am Yahweh.

24 “No more, for the House of Israel, shall any of the hostile nations surrounding them be a thorn that wounds or a briar that tears; and they will know that I am Yahweh.

25 “The Lord Yahweh says this: When I gather the House of Israel back from the peoples where they are dispersed, I shall display my glory in them for the nations to see. They will live on the soil which I gave to my servant Jacob.

26 They will live there in confidence, build houses, plant vineyards. They will live in safety, once I inflict punishments on all the hostile nations surrounding them, and they will know that I am Yahweh their God.” ‘

Proverbs 14:9-12

9 Fools mock at the sacrifice for sin, but favour resides among the honest.

10 The heart knows its own grief best, nor can a stranger share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, the tent of the honest will prosper.

12 There are ways that some think straight, but they lead in the end to death.

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