Today we remember and give thanks for the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel, son of Buzi, was a priest, called by God to be a prophet to the exiles during the Babylonian captivity (Ez. 1:3). In 597 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army brought the king of Judah and thousands of the best citizens of Jerusalem—including Ezekiel—to Babylon (2 Kgs 24:8–16). Ezekiel’s priestly background profoundly stamped his prophecy, as the holiness of God and the
in his messages (for example, Ezekiel 9–10 and 40–48). From 593 B.C. to the
destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 587 B.C., Ezekiel prophesied the
inevitability of divine judgment on Jerusalem, on the exiles in Babylon, and on
seven nations that surrounded Israel (Ezekiel 1–32). Temple would fall, and the exiles would
not quickly return, as a just consequence of their sin. Once word reached
Ezekiel that Jerusalem
and the temple were destroyed, his message became one of comfort and hope.
Through him God promised that his people would experience future restoration,
renewal and revival in the coming Messianic kingdom (Ezekiel 33–48). Much of
the strange symbolism of Ezekiel’s prophecies was later employed in the
Revelation to St. John Jerusalem
Collect of the Day:
Lord God, heavenly Father, through the prophet Ezekiel, you continued the prophetic pattern of teaching your people the truth faith and demonstrating through miracles your presence in creation to heal it of its brokenness. Grant that your Church may see in your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the final end-times prophet whose teaching and miracles continue in your Church through the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.