Some wounds seem too great to heal. It might be an estranged family member or an unexpected death, or even greater tragedies like bloodshed between nations.

The twelve tribes of Israel experienced that kind of crisis. After a violent civil war, the ten northern tribes split off from Jerusalem and began worshiping idols. Eventually, they were overrun by pagan armies and “liquidated” – killed or forcibly removed to far off countries. The loss of the ten tribes was a national tragedy for Israel – it cut families in two and set brother against brother. After their disappearance, it seemed a wound beyond healing – an eternal regret. How could the feud within God’s family ever be made right?

The prophet Ezekiel gave them the answer. He described a day when the people of the Holy Land would look up and see their long-lost brethren coming home over the mountains. God Himself would found a new kingdom and reunite the north and the south. In this kingdom, there would be no more idolatry, only obedience; no more sadness, only joy.

God would do what could not be done – bring healing to the nations. That is the promise Jesus came to fulfill. In the second reading from the Gospel of John, the high priest Caiaphas famously declares, “it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”

The Apostle John connects Christ’s atoning sacrifice with the reunion of the twelve tribes of Israel: “ Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.” Through his death, Christ was killing the hostility that has haunted man from the days of Cain and Abel.

In our own lives, we may hold deep regret, but the Cross is stronger. The healing that seems impossible is possible with God.

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