Pope Francis has emphasized that all baptized Christians are “missionary disciples.” This means we are to speak the truth of God in love to the world and witness to that truth by our lives. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel was told this would not be an easy task. These words might be said to us today as well. In fact, our society is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity and its teachings. Just like in Ezekiel’s day, many today resist the truths of God. But that does not make the message any less true. God said to Ezekiel, “whether they heed or resist…they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” This illustrates that Ezekiel’s role was not to change people’s hearts. It was simply to convey the message. It was up to the recipients to respond either with reception or rejection. Similarly, our mission today is to share the love and truth of Christ with others, but we can’t force anyone to accept it. We simply offer the invitation and let them decide. We are just the messengers, for only God can transform hearts.