Fr. Mike was praying about that reality when we ask God, “Please help us to have the right feelings.”
We recognize that our feelings can be WRONG
Not to say that our feelings are necessarily SINS
When we feel ANGER
When we feel WRATH
When we feel LUST
Those things are often INVOLUNTARY
Our feelings CAN BE INACCURATE
How we respond to a thing can be WRONG
Let’s start with Ezekiel first
Ezekiel is giving a prophecy against the nations AROUND Israel
One of the things to highlight is that the Ammonites, Moabites, etc said “A HA” when they heard about the destruction of the Temple
Either they were being INDIFFERENT
Or they were REJOICING at the destruction of GOD’S PRESENCE, GOD’S HOME, GOD’S SANCTUARY, GOD’S TEMPLE OF WORSHIP
THAT RESPONSE WAS WRONG!!
That response of INDIFFERENCE
Or that response of REJOICING
At the destruction of God’s dwelling place was the WRONG RESPONSE
They were called to MOURN WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL
They were called to MOURN THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM
AND THEY DID NOT!!
That is a BIG DEAL
When our FEELINGS
When our RESPONSE
Does not match up with what we are CALLED TO HAVE
You can contrast that with the END of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Isaiah 66:10, “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her…”
You mourned because it was the APPROPRIATE THING TO DO
When Jerusalem was being SACKED
When Jerusalem was being DESTROYED
When there was FALSE WORSHIP going on in Jerusalem
THAT WAS THE ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE RESPONSE
Remember yesterday when Ezekiel’s wife died and HE DID NOT MOURN
That was because he was showing the Israelites that THIS WAS WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO
WHEN JERUSALEM GETS DESTROYED
WHEN THE TEMPLE GETS DESTROYED
THEY WOULD HEAR ABOUT IT
AND THEY WOULD NOT MOURN THIS
And here in Isaiah 66
You mourn with those who mourn
You are rejoicing when it is time for rejoicing
Isaiah 66:11, “...delight from the abundance of her glory…”
This last chapter of Isaiah is REMARKABLE
Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such a thing?
Isaiah 66:12, “For thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream’…”
People will come from all over the place
He uses the terms THE NEW HEAVEN and THE NEW EARTH
They will come from ALL the nations
NOT JUST JEWISH PEOPLE
God is going to bring THE GENTILES aka NON JEWISH PEOPLE
Go ALL THE WAY BACK to Abraham and the PROMISES MADE TO HIM
THROUGH ABRAHAM THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL BE BLESSED
Isaiah 66:20, “...upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries…”
What an interesting word...DROMEDARIES
Camels like the THREE WISE MEN
Now we don’t know how many there were but TRADITION says there were THREE
THE WISE MEN
WHO JOURNEYED FROM AFAR
AND CAME TO DO WHAT?
CAME TO WORSHIP THE MESSIAH!!
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!!
EVERYTHING AT THE END OF THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH...
Is how the Lord RESTORES to the Jewish People His BLESSING
He is also going to EXTEND TO THE NATIONS HIS GOODNESS
He is also going to EXTEND TO THE NATIONS HIS GLORY
God had his angels sing on the night of the Nativity where the shepherds are gathered
GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST
SO MUCH GLORY!!
Isaiah 66:23, “...all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the Lord.”
There will even be priests among those who are NOT LEVITES in the NEW COVENANT
They won’t have to be LEVITES in order to be PRIESTS
Jesus Christ is the GREAT HIGH PRIESTS
We have the MINISTERIAL PRIESTS among Catholic and Orthodox Tradition
We also have the KINGDOM PRIESTS
EVERY BAPTIZED PERSON SHARES IN THE PRIESTHOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!
WHAT A GREAT GIFT THAT WE FIND OURSELVES
IN THIS MOMENT
IN THIS PLACE
SO PRAY FOR EACH OTHER
To live like this and realize that God has extended his BLESSINGS TO US
“Ok Lord, when there is something to mourn let me mourn.”
“Ok Lord, when there is something to rejoice in let me rejoice.”
There’s a great song, “Help me to love the things you love and hate the things you hate.”
Basically, “God, give us a HEART LIKE YOURS.”
It is a GIFT OF GOD’S GRACE
It has been a GIFT OF GOD’S GRACE TO BE WITH YOU FOR 223 DAYS!
PRAY FOR FR. MIKE
PRAY FOR EACH OTHER