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Doctrines & Morals


July 13, 2018 (Friday of Week 14 Year II)


Say sorry


Dear friends in Christ, learning to apologise is one of the lessons we teach to our children. It is an expression of remorse for whatever has gone wrong in a way that is capable of assuaging the anger of the one who feels offended. The word we often use to express this is 'sorry'. It is a word that is often capable of changing an angry mood into a friendly one. 


In the first reading of today (Hosea 14:1-9), the prophet reveals how easy it is to get God to change his mind on the punishment intended for the unfaithfulness of his bride Israel. It looks just too easy to believe. God is pleading with the people to just come back and he offers the words they will use. The prophet says, "Thus says the Lord: Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with you words and return to the Lord your God..." As human beings, we sometimes take things for granted. But even when God is the one offended, he is also the one who shows the way to repentance. Through the ministry of our priests, he calls us to be reconciled to him. According to St Paul, "It is as if God were appealing through us, and the appeal we make in God's name is, be reconciled to God."(2 Cor. 5:20) Hosea gives the words for the reconciliation, the people were to say, "Take away all iniquity, accept that which is good and we will render the fruit of our lips. 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 you the orphan finds mercy." In this formulae, we find an apology for the unfaithfulness of the people, trust in God to deliver them from their enemies and a readiness to the worship of the true God. Unfortunately, the people refused and just a few years after fell to to the hands of their enemies.


God was very willing to forgive, in fact he promised a lot of blessings if they choose to repent, "I will heal their faithlessness, I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be as dew to Israel, he shall blossom as the lily...they shall return and dwell beneath my shadow..." But the people refused. What more do you want God to do for you? He has offered you every opportunity to be saved. Your part is just to choose in your freedom to obey God and do what is right.


In the Gospel of today (Matthew 10:16-23) Jesus knew that people will not only reject the message of God for their salvation, they will also arrest the messengers and persecute them. He therefore warns the apostles ahead of time to prepare their minds. He promised them the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they face their challenges. Accept God's invitation and save your soul.


Let us pray: Have mercy on me O Lord according to your merciful love. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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