“I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD” (Ezek 37:14).
Today’s first reading vividly depicts the prophetic vision of the valley of dry bones raised up by the breath of God, a promise that the defeated and deported nation of Israel would be restored. God’s promise is more powerful than the worst devastation we can imagine. At Ezekiel’s call, the bones clatter and stand upright, are reassembled, covered with sinews and flesh, then animated by the four winds. It is a new creation.