Mass Readings: Hosea 14:2-10/Mark 12:28-34


There’s a great verb in the first sentence of today’s reading from Hosea: “collapsed.” That’s good writing, and translating! “You have collapsed through your guilt.” I remember reading a quote (but for the life of me I can’t find it now) that describes small sins as feathers but notes enough feathers can weigh so much they crush a poor fellow.

And what’s God’s response if I admit I’m at fault in so many ways? “I will heal their defection, says the Lord, I will love them freely.” And, of course, the same holds true for big sins, too. Healing and love. In this liturgical season of penance, it’s wise to take advantage of the sacrament that has the same name. Yes, it can be tough to do that. But what a gift we’re being offered.

Prayer: Bless me, Heavenly Father, for I have sinned.