Year II Tuesday
Hosea 8: 4-7, 11-13 Reflection:
Again we have the Lord speaking out against those who create idols out of money and material things. Every time I read these I cannot help but think of the way that we make so many other things important before God.
The opening line is great: ‘They have set up kings, but not with my consent.’ How many of the present leaders of the country have anything like Christian principles, would any of them know a Christian principle if it hit them on the head?
The secular world says that the Christian should leave their faith behind when they go to the public square or into the booth to vote. Surely this is nonsense; what I believe and hold dear, that there is a God and that he has laid down certain laws and rules for us to live by, is important to me and should influence the way I behave in the street.
The other thing is that the secularists feel free to promote their agenda and can see nothing wrong with taking their life principles into the public arena; in other words, you can only have an opinion if you agree with what they say.
We are commanded to stand apart. The Catholic Church is the conscience of the world; that is why the world hates it. The Church points out to the world the obvious faults in the thinking of the world and they hate her for that.
Now don't get confused; we are all sinners, we all have faults but the Holy Spirit guides the Church and believers with the Truth given to us by Jesus.
It’s just the way mankind became when they elect their own kings without reference to God. Hosea and all the prophets knew this, we are just slow learners!