Saturday March 18th Ezekiel 37 : 24-26
My servant David shall be king over them; and they shall have one shepherd. They shall follow my ordinances and be careful to observe my statutes. They shall live in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your ancestors lived; they and their children and their children's children shall live their forever; and my servant David shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them.
The weather and politicians! These are probably the subjects we gossip about most! We sense that faith in our political leaders is low. We long for governments that seek the common good, especially after Brexit and the American presidential election.
Ezekiel was prophesying at a time of national disaster, the exile. And he blamed Israel's political leadership (her "shepherds") fair and square for the catastrophe. They had failed to maintain God's covenant of justice for all, seeking instead their own power and prestige. Yet, even in the depths, Ezekiel proclaimed a coming time when God would send a new shepherd, a son of David, who would rule wisely for the good of all. This would usher in a time of renewed peace and prosperity.
In the gospels, Jesus, the son of David, has much to say about leadership. And he dares to propose a revolutionary model — leaders are to be servants not masters! If all of us, politicians and public alike, could live this way — what a different society we would live in!
Lord God, we pray today for all political leaders, that they may seek the common good. And show us, we pray, how we might truly serve one another.
David Wood Supernumerary Minister