Sharing the Word for March 18, 2023

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

March 18, 2023
Daily Reading from the USCCB: Hosea 6:1-6

This reading offers us a dialogue between the Israelites and God. First we hear the Israelites frightened by God’s threat of punishment. They reassure themselves with thoughts of God’s kindness. “He will revive us after a few days. He will come to us like the rain. Everything will be all right.”

But God isn’t convinced by their words. “Your piety is like a morning cloud,” God says. “There’s no substance to it. I’m interested in a change of heart, not superficial ceremonies. It’s love I want, not sacrifice.”

The Church has been leading us in a change of heart for three weeks. Hosea now presents us with some questions. Am I any closer to God than I was before? What’s the quality of my repentance?

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1 thought on “Sharing the Word for March 18, 2023”

  1. Mark Anthony Vandayar

    Thank you! I am reminder once again, for it so readily slips my mind, … a change of heart the Lord desires!

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