The Gospel lesson this week reminds us that not everyone recognized whose work Jesus was doing--but that some did. Disciples heard Jesus' call and were able to help many people who needed it.
The lectionary pairs this reading from the prophet Ezekiel. God sends him to serve people who have rebelled against God.
Stop here and think about this a while. Who deserves help is not at issue here; rather, it is who needs help.
And how is it that Ezekiel can help? Although he was in exile, he was able to experience the presence of God (1:3). He paid attention (1:4-28). A spirit entered into him (2:2).
Most of this I find reassuring and inspiring. But, I get stuck on the part where he is called to speak to people whether they pay attention or not.