Ezekiel and Paul

I suggest a link between today’s first two readings (Ez 33:7-9 and Rom 13:8-10). St. Paul exhorts us to love our neighbor. But to love is not always to indulge; sometimes we must correct our neighbor, call them to account, remind them of God’s command. And there Ezekiel picks up the story:

If I tell the wicked, ‘O wicked one, you shall surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way,he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself.

For those of us who aren’t well-fitted for evangelization, this is a difficult call.

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