Lent 5 – Year A
Are there any dry bones around today? Those without health care? (Nearly 47 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, were without health insurance in 2005, the latest government data available) - A record 1.6 million Americans in prison? (1% total and much higher percentages of black and Hispanic males) - Widening rich/poor gap? (the 55 million Americans in the poorest ﬁfth of the population lived in households whose average income fell from $10,000 in 1977 to $8,800 in 1999).
What about dry bones in other parts of the world? War, genocide, pollution, poverty, etc.
While it may be that "G*D only knows", we are called to do something very important – lift our voice, be a sentinel, prophesy.
Coming out of graves of delusion that the above are not our issues, that we confess to the dry and broken bones of our lives, and that we have lost our vision of anything different than what we now have is no different in our day than in Ezekiel's.
Breathe upon the dead – Network and cry out, "I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!" – then stand back as a breath of new life bursts in and out in all directions.