The Dentist’s Gospel

1The word of the Lord came to [Ezekiel]:   “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?3As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4Know that all lives are mine…”


It’s no use, they said.


This is the way things have always been, they said.


Nothing will change anyway, they said.


This is exactly the line of thinking that God, through the prophet Ezekiel is condemning in our first reading this coming Sunday (you can read the whole thing in Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32). 


Ezekiel’s message is this:  there is some use, things do not have to continue in the same way, AND change is possible.  Just because your parents made mistakes (ate sour grapes), Ezekiel proclaims, you do NOT have to keep suffering (children’s teeth set on edge).


The problem is a failure of imagination, a failure of trusting God for a new future.  Of course, repentance—turning around—is the first, and hardest, step.  It means a commitment to living, thinking, and acting differently.  It is a challenge for every generation.


Turning around and facing a new path is scary.  But God is there!  In those moments when you feel called to a change, remember this promise embedded in Ezekiel 18:4  “all lives are mine…” 


Finally, you can un-clench your teeth!



O God who calls us to change, give us imagination along with our faith, to follow a new path with you.  Amen.


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