Hosea was a prophet from the Northern Kingdom of Israel, more or less, contemporary with Amos whom we recently heard from. After fulfilling his mission, Amos went back to the Southern Kingdom of Judah and back to his occupation as herdsman and grower of sycamore trees. Hosea saw Israel’s great sin as that of idolatry which led to their lack of social justice and concern. Today, we hear about the many shrines that were in Israel and how the many shrines led to idolatry and the worship of Baal, the Canaanite god. Sometimes, we fall in the trap of idolatry ourselves as we worship money, or fame, or drugs, etc. We put something not God in place of our God.
To My Patron Saint
“O heavenly patron, whose name I have the honor to bear, pray earnestly at all times to God for me; confirm me in the Faith, strengthen me in virtue, defend me in the battle of life, so that conquering the enemy of my soul, I may deserve to be rewarded with everlasting glory. Amen.”
All the readings concern themselves with the difficulty of those called to preach God’s Word. Ezekiel faces a rebellious people in exile; Jesus confronts His hometown folk who believe in His works but not in Him; Paul struggles with his weakness. This can lead to a potential loss of heart and lack of faith. Are we ready to admit our weakness so the power of God may come through our lives? The cross of Christ is God’s strength acting through our weakness.
For Relatives Who Have Not the Faith
“Merciful Lord, who prayed that there be one flock and one shepherd, I ask the light of faith for those who are related to me and do not know You in Your Eucharistic presence. Give them the joy of Your protecting presence. Bring them into the one fold of which You are the master and Lord. Forgive them their sins, and teach them the way of repentance. In the end bring them into the larger circle of Your family, to God our Father, to Mary our Mother, and to You our beloved Brother. Amen.””
The Amos story continues as we hear what Amos was sent North to speak. He speaks against the greed of the people of the Northern Kingdom. Justice and fairness have disappeared from everyday life. Everything is done in the name of making a profit. The “anawim,” the widow, the orphan, and the sojourner, those who can’t take care of themselves are being exploited. Does this sound familiar?
Amos is the most famous whistle-blower in the Bible. He is not a professional prophet as it is not his occupation; he doesn’t belong tp a professional guild. He is a farmer and a herdsman, but called by God to speak on His behalf, this one time, and to leave the Southern Kingdom of Judah and go to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The Northern Kingdom was quite rich at the time as they had most of the natural resources. Judah was much poorer but they had the Temple in Jerusalem. So, he goes to the Northern Kingdom’s most holy shrine, Bethel. Tomorrow we will hear his message to Israel.
Prayer for Grace for our Country
“Dear Father united to Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally made present, celebrated around the world, in the Holy Spirit. We offer up all we do united in the Mass. We unite in one mind and heart as members of the mystical body of Christ, with Christ our Head in the pure and holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, through the powerful intercession of Mary with all the angels and saints and souls in purgatory, and we beg for the saving grace, for our country, the United States. Please help us. We further pray for unity to always do the will of God in love. We spread the Blood of Jesus on the leaders and people of the United States and cast the devil into hell. We consecrate our country to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart and all our dioceses, and beg for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God help us. We pray for our families, the priests, the Church and the world. In the name of Jesus please hear us, we pray. We pray for our president. We pray that we are united as one nation under God to work together in love as God wants. Amen.”