23 May Them Bones, Them Dry Bones (Ezekiel, Valley of Bones)
That valley of bones has been on my mind for two weeks. I try to start and finish the Saturday before I post it because I want to be uninspired by Father Michael. It may seem strange, but I have my reasons. I was having a tough time of it. Time was getting away from me regularly. As the Maroon 5 song says, “Living ain’t easy, Living Life is hard to do.” I tried to distance myself away from Ezekiel and his Valley to no avail. It haunted me until Sunday morning when I heard the Prayers of the People; I came to a realization. We have become dry Bones!
If you are reading this, and I hope more and more people do as time crawls on, you may be like me, a bit more on the “progressive” side of things. We are shouted over by the more outspoken members of “Christianity”; those take issue with people for one reason or another and claim that issue is because God wills it. It is a tough road to walk. In this, we are exiles from the public view. The message that we wish others to hear isn’t.
We are Bones scattered across the valley of this world. We are bones. By Jesus’ Word, we find Flesh on Bone. When God Asks Ezekiel, Mortal, can these bones live?” he is asking us if we have it in us to carry that flesh. He lays Sinew on us. He causes Flesh to come upon us. Ezekiel Prophesied and brought forth the Nation of Israel. Jesus brought forth us. The Kingdom of God. His living and breathing Church. Given us breath to spread His word and to let it be heard by all people. There are so many hungry for it; so many feel outcast and forgotten by the Church and by what they think Christianity is.
We can show them a new way. We can collect and seek out those dry bones scattered along the earth and let Christ, through us, bring flesh to them. Letting them know the Love of God in their lives and letting them see how simple the message of Love is will be a victory. As the Most Reverend Michael Curry said recently, “When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty good room – plenty good room – for all of God’s children.”
There is plenty of work to do to escape our exile and to deliver this message, a message of God which the Most Reverend gave so Eloquently. IT is more than we can do by simply sharing and liking something on Facebook. It is more than we can possibly do in a lifetime on our own. We are Dry Bones. But Christ puts the flesh to those bones. He calls us to action every day in our lives if we listen. Do what you can.
Here where I am, there is a call for Social Justice. The local Culinary Union may be going on strike to try and improve the lives of those that work on several of the properties on the Strip. They made a call to my church and asked for help, wishing to coordinate services for support for those that are going to need that support. Christ put Flesh on these Bones. What will you do with that Flesh he has given you?