Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13, Psalm 115:3-10, Matthew 9:32-38
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
My Beloved, what You desire from us is obedience and to obey requires humility. Obedience acknowledges that God has sovereignty over me and because I love an trust Him I yield to His will.
The people of Israel forgot that they were a people specially chosen by God and that they belonged to Him. There were to follow His law and they were to be ruled by people he had anointed but they fashioned gods and set up these idols on altars to worship. They brought upon themselves God's righteous anger.
Sin defiles, grievous sin destroys and brings with it death and decay. The more we are given up to worshiping gods of our making the further do we separate ourselves from You. Nothing we do will prosper and we will not be blessed. The more we labor the less will our labor be fruitful. As we sow so shall we reap.
You gave us a law and You made a Covenant with us. The law of love flows from the Covenant of Love but we prefer to worship at the altars of the world. We preserve the outward show of worship but our hearts are far from You. We have sinned and we are condemned to be exiles for we are captives of our sins.
My Beloved, You who created us know what will make us happy. Being loved and possessed by You is joy beyond all imagining. Obedience to Your Word and Your will must be our food and drink for it strengthens and sustains us. But we are foolish, we turn away from the God of Life and Love and chase death. We make idols of things and people and we attribute qualities to them which they do not possess. We set them up before us and believe they are perfect and when we find that they have feet of clay we destroy them and find new gods to idolize. We admire and desire the decadent lifestyles of the rich and the famous.
We have forgotten that the creature belongs to the Creator. You are constantly pleading with us to return to You because You love us and pity us. We are so easily tempted and led astray. We are Yours Beloved, lead us back to Yourself. Open our ears that we may hear You, open our eyes so we may see You, open our hearts that we may receive You, open our spirits so Your Spirit can come and live in us. Grant us grace to seek You again, to trust You, to cry out to You for help. Come O Lord and be our Protector, our Helper and our Shield against the world, the flesh and the devil.
My Beloved, during Your 3 years of public ministry, You demonstrated clearly to the people around You that You were a Prophet and more than a prophet. Indeed You were/are the Son of God as Your works testified. You had power to heal sicknesses and diseases to set free those who were demon possessed. You even had power over death for Your raised the dead to life. Clearly, You were who You said You were. A Man sent by God and more than a Man, God's Son.
People find it far easier to attribute good to evil and evil to good. It is less uncomfortable to draw our own conclusions to divine events so we are not challenged to change ourselves. But You were not effected by Your enemies, You continued to be faithful to the mission that Your Father had entrusted to You which was to proclaim the Good News, heal the sick, show mercy and compassion to all who came to You in need. This is our mission as well. The harvest is ready by the laborers are asleep.
Beloved Jesus those whom You call to serve grant also the grace to hear and the will to say 'Yes' to this awesome vocation.