by John Charlton
Sometimes a passage from Sacred Scripture speaks to the issues of the day, more eloquently than can be imagined; while reading the Bible today, I came upon this passage from the prophet Hosea (Osee), which fortells the future healing of the nation in the Faith of Christ and in the Christian Eucharist.
I will omit commentary, because there is nothing I can say which would equal the eloquence of this Jewish Prophet.
As the prophet spoke to the people of ancient Israel, urging them to wake up and realize their dire situation, the fruit of their own making in abandoning the Lord God, he urged them at the close of his inspired Book, to turn back to God, in these words:
Turn back, O Israel, to the Lord, Thy God!
Since thou art fallen into thy iniquity.
Take with thee my words, and be converted to the Lord; and say to Him:
“Take away our iniquity, accept our offerings,
And we shall render unto Thee the praise of our lips.
Assur shall not save us:
We shall not ascend upon our pride,
Nor shall we say further, “The works of our hands, our gods!” “
Because of Him, who is within thee, Thou shalt have mercy upon our people:
“I shall heal their sorrows;
I shall love them freely:
because My wrath has turned away from them.
I shall be like the dew;
Israel shall sprout like the lilly,
And its root shall break forth like a ceder of Lebanon;
His branches shall go forth,
and he shall be as the olive tree in her glory,
And his fragrance like that of Lebanon.”
Those who have sat in the shadows have turned back;
They live upon wheat, and they shall sprout as the vine;
His Memorial shall be as the wine of Lebanon;
“Ephraim, what are thou to Me than an idol?
I shall hear thee out, and I shall direct him unto green pasture;
From Me has thou found thy enjoyment.”
Who is wise, and shall understand these words? And understanding them, who shall comprehend them?
Because they belong to the upright way of the Lord,
and the just shall walk in them;
Liars, however, shall fall down to destruction upon them.
Text taken translated from http://vulsearch.sourceforge.net/html/Os.html
Normal text is that of the prophet; Red text are the words of the Lord; italicized text t is what the people should say to God.