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Today’s Readings – Wednesday of Week 14 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Israel under Jeroboam II (793-753) “never had it so good". The Northern Kingdom is called ‘Israel’ after the name of its ancestor and it is described as a “luxuriant vine", which was a frequent metaphor for Israel.

But, as we so often see happening in our own world, the good life does not result in moral living. Quite the opposite, in fact, is the norm. We have only to look around in our present time to see this.

"The more abundant his (i.e. Israel’s) fruit, the more altars... the more sacred pillars he set up.” How true! The greater the prosperity, the higher the standard of living, the more idols are “erected", things which people use all their energies in worshipping and pursuing.

But … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of Week 14 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13

Hosea is in a very different mood today from yesterday. He makes a scathing attack on the idolatrous practices of the Northern Kingdom (referred to here also as ‘Israel‘, ‘Samaria’ and ‘Ephraim’), when they set up kin … Continue

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