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

Commentary on Hosea 14:2-10

Our last reading from Hosea is taken from the final verses of the book. It is a call for repentance and reconciliation of Israel with its God. In return, Yahweh makes his promises. The prophecy ends on a note of hope - already heard in some of the passages we read earlier in the week. It is a liturgical prayer expressing sincere repentance, corresponding to Hosea 6:1-6 (which we did not read), and is followed by a firm promise of God’s blessing. It is now time for Israel to return to its God, for it has collapsed under the weight of its guilt.

Hosea says:

Take words with you
and return to the Lord.

Not empty words, but words full of meaning and sincerity, words begging for forgiveness, words of true repentance. They will ask for their sin … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saint Benedict, Abbot and Co-Patron of Europe

Benedict of Nursia (circa 480 – 547), known as the Father of Western monasticism, had a huge influence in his own time and in succeeding centuries. His monks were a source of stability in the highly disordered state of Europe following the collapse of the Roman Empire and the invasions o … Continue

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