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

Commentary on Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22

Today we begin reading from another prophet - Hosea. Hosea belonged to Israel, the Northern Kingdom, and began his prophetic career in the last years of Jeroboam II (786-746 BC). Some believe that he was a priest, others that he was a cult prophet but the only information on his life comes from this book.

He was a man of great feeling and could go from anger to extreme tenderness. The prophecy is built around his difficult marriage to Gomer and this affected and deepened his teaching. Gomer was guilty of adultery (very humiliating to any husband but especially in those times) and comes to symbolise the sinful Israel. And just as Hosea could not give up his wife in spite of her infidelity so neither could Yahweh abandon Israel who wa … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 14 of Ordinary Time

Commentary on Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke10:1-12,17-20

It is always an experience for people who are committed Christians to be living among people for whom God in practice hardly exists, people who seem to have little direction and meaning in their lives beyond having a jo … Continue


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