SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – FIRST SCRIPTURE READING: Ezekiel 2:1-5

The Lord said to me, “Son of man, stand up, and I will speak to you.”  2As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered me, stood me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.  3He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the people of Israel.  They are people from a nation that has rebelled against me.  They and their ancestors have rebelled against me to this day.  4I am sending you to these defiant and stubborn children.  Tell them, ‘This is what the Almighty LORD says.’  5Whether these rebellious people listen or not, they will realize that a prophet has been among them.”