Of Ezekiel’s watchman, the Social Contract of Levi, and Jesus message to the Pharisees

The first reading for this Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time brings to mind the reading from Ezekiel 33:2-6:

Jesus stands as a watchman over us, and we are called to be watchman of the word of God as it relates to concern for our neighbor

Ben Adam, speak to the children of the people, tell them: When I bring the sword/Horeb upon a land, the people of the land might take a man from among them, and set him for their watchman. If, when he sees the sword/Horeb come upon the land, he blow the horn, and warn the people; whosoever hears the sound of the horn, and does not take warning, if the sword/Horeb come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head… If the watchman see the sword/Horeb come, and does not blow the horn, the people will not be warned, the sword do comes, and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his rebellion, but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

This is the clear lesson of the first reading and the Gospel for this Sunday. In the first reading, Malachi means this passage for the priests. In the second reading, Jesus means the passage for the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Horeb is the Hebrew word for a sword, and it is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Our priests also, receive training in the word of God, the words of Horeb, and they must present that word to the people, even when that word is not popular.

Horeb means sword and Horeb is also the mountain of God.

In the first reading we read of the priests:

You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction; you have made void the Social Contract of Levi, says the Personal Name of the Great Procession of the Sky. I, have made you contemptible before all the people, since you do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your decisions. Have we not all the one father? Has not the one God created us? Why do we break faith with one another, violating the Social Contract of our fathers?

What is the Social Contract of Levi? The context makes this clear. “Aaron was a symbol for a strong priesthood, as can be seen from the Dead Sea Scrolls… Only the sons of Aaron should “administer judgment and wealth.” “Rabbi Hillel, the great liberal sage, praised Aaron as peace-loving, a man of goodwill, who wanted to teach his people the Torah.”

So, we read in our first reading about the violation of the Social Contract of Aaron, of Levi. “You do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your decisions. Have we not all the one father? Has not the one God created us? Why do we break faith with one another?”

It is this showing partiality, favoring the rich over the poor, that has Malachi upset. It is this showing partiality, favoring the rich over the poor, that has God upset with the priesthood. In the Gospel Jesus tells us of the grammarians and the Pharisees/Separate Ones, “Do and guard all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. They preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.”

Today, 5% of the population brings home 50% of all income, with 20% of the population bringing home half of all income. This comes from the Department of Commerce. The richest 20% of the population controls 85% of all net worth. Partly as a result, the US has 5% of the world population and 25% of the world’s prison population. Some 50.2 million people live in food-insecure households, including 17.2 million children.

If we all have God as our Father and Our Blessed Virgin as our Mother, we are all related and should treat ourselves as such.

Have we not all the one father? Has not the one God created us? Malachi asks the question well. If we all have the same father, we are all his children. In Revelations 12:17 it states, “The Taanah became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s Mitzvah and bear witness to Jesus.”

If we keep God’s Mitzvah, his commandments, and bear witness to Jesus, not just in words, but in words and action, we are all offspring of the woman, Our Blessed Virgin. If we have Our Blessed Virgin as our Mother and God as our Father, we are all sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters.

Our word, nation, comes from the same root as nativity. It means people who are born together, brothers and sisters. As a nation, we follow the will of God by being peacemakers, one with another, defending each other’s welfare. We are E Pluribus Unum. An attack against any one is an attack upon all.

Brothers and sisters do not allow brothers and sisters to go hungry. Brothers and sisters do not allow one another to go without food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, or safe transportation. This is the Social Contract of Aaron/the Levites, and this is the Social Contract of Moses, Horeb, and the cross of Jesus Christ.

This is what our priests must teach. They are the watchman. This is what we must follow. If we do not, we are not children of our Blessed Virgin Mary, or our Father/God. If we are not the adopted children of God, the alternative is not good. Please, let us be children of Our Blessed Virgin and our Father/God.



2 thoughts on “Of Ezekiel’s watchman, the Social Contract of Levi, and Jesus message to the Pharisees

  1. I do not understand why some religions have such an obsession with, and even worship Mary when we are told by Jesus to worship God alone.

    We are not to worship man, images, angels, Satan, demons, idols, the earth, or anything on the thing on the earth, or the stars of heaven; Yet, in some religions, these things are done.

    Only Jesus Christ the Son and God the Father are to be worshiped. Revelation 5 shows us Who is to be worshiped. We are not to worship any human being…not even the Pope.

    1. There is a major difference between the Protestants and the religious denominations of the Mediterranean, Catholic/ Eastern Orthodox, and Muslim, all of which have veneration of Our Blessed Virgin Mary. It goes far beyond who are Blessed Virgin is.

      Protestants worship themselves. They are firm believers in rugged individualism, so called Right to work, the Protestant work ethic, and saving themselves. Religions of the Mediterranean are firm believers in community. When Jesus gives his Address to the Nations, it is to The Nations, Ethnos, in Greek. There is that quote from Revelations 12 listed in the article above. God is our Father, Our Blessed Virgin, representing community, is our mother. Revelations 12:17 makes that crystal clear. We are all spiritual offspring of the woman, Mary, our Blessed Virgin. Jesus is the first born brother, and the rest of us are adopted brothers and sisters, just as St. Paul says.

      We must ask ourselves, how is it that the Protestants, 2000 years and 2000 miles removed from the Mediterranean Semitic culture have it right, and the three main cultures from that area have it wrong. St. Paul teaches that we are all grafted into the one Olive Tree, which is the church. We are community, not rugged individualists with some Protestant work ethic.

      We do not produce works to get into heaven. We produce works out of gratitude, because God, through Jesus, already accepted us in. We are a family, with Abba, Imma, (Hebrew for Mother) and brothers and sisters who love each other hand help each other. There is only One God, in three persons. We are also one community under that God, with Our Blessed Virgin, a human being, in heaven taking our prayers to our Father.

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