I am a great king, says the Lord of Hosts, and my name is feared throughout the nations. And now, priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, if you do not find it in your heart to glorify my name, says the Lord of Hosts, I will send the curse on you and curse your very blessing. But you, you have strayed from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your teaching. You have destroyed the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of Hosts. And so I in my turn have made you contemptible and vile in the eyes of the whole people in repayment for the way you have not kept to my paths but have shown partiality in your administration.
Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why, then, do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?
First reading for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
The warning to priests here, is a warning to all those with power and authority. It is a reminder of how power is entrusted by God to men and women to be used for the betterment of others, to promote their dignity and to promote their independence and development.
The abuse of power to exploit, plunder and for self-gratification is abhorent to God.
The revelation of God to Israel, that flounders in the people’s sad experience of kingship and kings, comes to it fulfilment in the Incarnation, and in the ministry of Jesus, Jesus was anointed Prophet, Priest and King, and served in this ministries for the salvation of the world.
Sacred Heart Maryvale Institute. (c) 2015, Allen Morris