2 Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept that which is good and we will render the fruit of our lips.3 Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride upon horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In thee the orphan finds mercy.”4 I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.5 I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall blossom as the lily, he shall strike root as the poplar;6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.
7 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow, they shall flourish as a garden; they shall blossom as the vine, their fragrance shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress, from me comes your fruit.9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?”29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he;33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any question.
HOSEA THE PROPHET caution His compatriots to not place their trust in the well-meaning lofty promises and teachings of their Assyrian neighbors, but to listen and heed the words of the Lord who wish to heal them from their faithlessness. Moreover he call upon the people to discern, understand and apply the words of God who require that they be upright righteous people.
THE GOSPEL READING: An observant scribe who was listening and following Christs debate with some of his fellow brethren, was pleasantly surprised by our Lord’s well-formed arguments and rebuttals, such that he was inspired to also pose a question which presumably bothered him for some time. Upon hearing Christ’s response the scribe answered the Lord when he cited the words of the Torah (Deut 10) which won him Christs admiration and praise, implying that he is on the right track!
Whilst it is nessesary and good to listen to the words of well-meaning; strangers, familial friends, acquaintances and certified teachers and pastors, we must nevertheless do our own due diligence by immersing ourselves in the biblical text as well as consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church, backed by two thousand years of history—that accurately, beautifully and succinctly explain complex knotty questions. We are called to be right by applying wisdom so we return to the Lord, because truth matters. Rather than embrace strange or false teachings with no historical biblical roots, let us discern questionable propositions which can potentially cause us to lose our salvation!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 81:6-11,14
6 “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.
7 In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. [Selah]8 Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!9 There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would have none of me.
14 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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