St. Ezekiel & The Eating of the Scroll

Prophet and Saint Ezekiel
by Michelangelo
Today, July 23, is the feast of an Old Testament saint: the prophet Ezekiel.  We get a good smattering of readings from this complicated and colorful Saint on Sundays ... and if you go to weekday masses, you get even more Ezekiel!  (See charts below.)*

Ezekiel began delivering his prophecies about 592 years before the  birth of Christ ... while the the people of Judah were exiled in Babylon. In the Sistine Chapel fresco above, the scroll that Ezekiel is holding could either represent his prophecies written down, or it might symbolize a unique order that God gave to him before he began prophesying:

It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll ...  He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel.  So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat.  I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.  He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them.
~ Ezekiel 2:9; 3:1,2,3b,4 

Sunday and Major Feast Day Readings From the Book of Ezekiel:


Ezek 2:2-5

Sunday or Feast

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezek 17:22-24 B 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezek 18:25-28 A 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezek 33:7-9 A 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17 A 34th Sunday in Ord. Time: Christ the King
Ezek 34:11-16 C Friday after 2nd Sun after Pentecost: Sacred Heart
Ezek 36:16-17a, 18-28 ABC Easter Vigil (7th Reading)
Ezek 37:1-14 ABC Pentecost Sunday: Vigil Mass (Option 3)
Ezek 37:12-14 A 5th Sunday of Lent

Weekday Mass Readings From the Book of Ezekiel:


Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c

Ord. Time, Week 19, Mon

Lec. #

Ezek 2:8—3:4 Ord. Time, Week 19, Tues 2 414
Ezek 9:1-7; 10:18-22 Ord. Time, Week 19, Wed 2 415
Ezek 12:1-12 Ord. Time, Week 19, Thurs 2 416
Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63 Ord. Time, Week 19, Fri 2 417
Ezek 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 Ord. Time, Week 19, Sat 2 418
Ezek 18:21-28 Lent, Week 1, Fri 1&2 228
Ezek 24:15-23 Ord. Time, Week 20, Mon 2 419
Ezek 28:1-10 Ord. Time, Week 20, Tues 2 420
Ezek 34:1-11 Ord. Time, Week 20, Wed 2 421
Ezek 36:23-28 Ord. Time, Week 20, Thurs 2 422
Ezek 37:1-14 Ord. Time, Week 20, Fri 2 423
Ezek 37:21-28 Lent, Week 5, Sat 1&2 256
Ezek 43:1-7ab Ord. Time, Week 20, Sat 2 424
Ezek 47:1-9, 12 Lent, Week 4, Tues 1&2 245

by Fr. Felix Just, S.J.
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