God gives the growth

In his first letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul offered his perspective concerning the growth and development of the community: "I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. This means that neither he who plants nor he who waters is of any special account, only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).

Ezekiel, in today's first reading, was reminding his contemporaries of the same truth: God is in charge. Just as God had called the enslaved forth from Egypt and made of them a people with a land of their own, so had God been at the heart of every aspect of Israel's history. Interpreting every high point ("I, the Lord ... lift high the lowly tree") and low point ("I, the Lord, bring low the high tree"), Ezekiel urged his people to remember they were rooted in God and to live in reliance on their Maker.


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