The Anguish of God


Like a husband hurt by an unfaithful wife, so God’s feelings swing back and forth from anger to tender love. God longs for His people to return to Him, just as a husband wants his wife to be faithful.

In today’s reading, the swing is on the side of God’s feeling very upset with God’s people because they just don’t get it: that they are called to be faithful to God alone and not to worship false gods which is like being an unfaithful wife.

The reading tells about the sad outcome of the people’s refusal to be faithful. They will be captured and brought to a foreign land and have to eat food not cleaned properly and which therefore can’t be offered to God.

How will you be expressing your faithfulness to God today

Hosea 9:1-6

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
A humble heart I offer.
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Mondays in this season are dedicated to the Prophet Hosea,
with Lamentations 3 in the Ninth Week.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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