Bishop’s Homily for the Mass of 18 August 2014

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August 19, 2014
by Bishop Robert F. Vasa

In today’s first reading, “Ezekiel does something unusual … when his wife dies. He does not go into the usual” ways of mourning that people would have expected from him. He did not even weep.
Perhaps his not weeping at the death of his bride especially surprised the people. But, Bishop Vasa paraphrases Ezekiel’s response to them, “You do not weep at the death of your reverence to the Lord. They are amazed at his lack of grief” over his wife’s passing, “but they are not amazed at their own lack of grief.”
His Excellency then noted that our society has a similar situation. Observing this, “what affects us most is that God is not reverenced as He deserves. How much it is that we have forgotten God and how much we need Him.”