I love today’s first reading because it’s like God speaking words of love to us, His children. Read it, word by word. Savor every single word that God tells you, His beloved child:
“Thus says the LORD:
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
“Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like one
who raises an infant to his cheeks;
Yet, though I stooped to feed my child,
they did not know that I was their healer.
“My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not let the flames consume you.” — Hosea 11:1-4, 8E-9
Disobedient children as we are, God still loves us nonetheless, forgiving us, blessing us.