Ezekiel prays that the Northern and Southern portions of Israel will return to be unified. Shortly after the death of Solomon the country is divided. Ezekiel remembers the glory days of King David. That was such a time of peace and wealth. It seemed an abundance for all.
But as in all kingdoms, taxation was high. Funds were needed to build the temple and Jerusalem. Internally there would have been struggles as evidenced by Solomon’s sons dividing the country for their specific purposes. The concept of peace and unity however lives on in hearts, even in our time and culture.
Caiaphas’ prophecy that one man should die instead of the people is surprising accurate. Jesus, one man, does die for the people. Not in the way Caiaphas imagined, but Jesus is the one sacrifice.
Through this sacrifice the prophecy of Ezekiel comes true. God comes to dwell among us. He dwells within us. And when we come together in unity we fulfil the prayer of Jesus at the last supper, that we live in unity.
Even though we are scattered throughout the world, with different cultures, when we come together as Church, we become the Body of Christ. Many of us are broken and need healing, but Jesus asks us to offer that up that we may participate in His sacrifice. Those who have more are to help those in need, that is justice. Those who can walk with those in need, that is true charity.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen