Left out of the Lectionary.

November 29, 2017


A few verses got left out of the reading from Ezekiel this past week:


As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats: Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture? When you drink of clear water, must you foul the rest with your feet? And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have fouled with your feet? - Ezekiel 34.17-19


While the rest of the passage certainly captures the judgement and separation required for the spirit of the rest of the readings for Christ the King Sunday, the missed verses emphasize a special form of sin that we rarely take stock of - our waste of the creation's resources that others need. 


We might be aware of the ways that directly hurt others or even the ways we steal by our unfair labor practices.  but we rarely own the fact that we waste what other people need.  We not only eat more than we need, we pollute in such a way that others can't grow enough.  We not only waste water, but pollute it so other down stream can't even use it.  


From our sins of waste, Lord save us!


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