In this first passage of the week, Hosea reflects on the beginning of the kingdom of Israel when the people were first called out of Egypt. The uncertainty of not knowing what the future held for them combined with the challenge of the wilderness caused the people to turn away from the invisible God of the universe to tangible gods made of wood, stone, and gold. Uncertainty does this to us; our anxiety wells up and makes us grasp on to things that seem solid but are not helpful.

Yet God, through Hosea, reminds the people that it is God who was always with the people, leading them with compassion and love, feeding them, and guiding them.

This is both the theme and the challenge for this week of reflection: God is enough. God’s guidance, leading, and presence are enough for us as a people moving through the present moment into an uncertain future.

A spiritual life that practices prayer and justice makes this assertion of God’s sufficiency real. We work together in community, turning to God to encourage and guide us.

Let us practice embodying the fullness of God’s care.

God of the universe, help us to know that you are enough for us. We long to experience your care and compassion. Feed us with your presence. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
July 25–31, 2022
Resumen de la Escritura

Hosea relates a further message from God. Israel has repeatedly ignored God’s teachings, even though God continues to reach out with love and kindness. A just response would be wrath, but God will respond with mercy to restore the people. The psalmist echoes this teaching about God’s enduring love. Although some have gone through periods of distress, when they call out to God, the Lord responds with steadfast love. We then explore guidance for the life of a Christian. In Colossians we read that we should focus on heavenly realities, not the physical world. Rather than pursuing our own pleasure, we should put on a new self and behave more like God desires. The parable that Jesus tells reinforces this point. We should focus on storing up heavenly treasures, not earthly ones.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Hosea 11:1-11. How have you suffered the consequences of turning away from God? How has God welcomed you back?
Read Psalm 107:1-9, 43. What stories of God’s goodness does your family tell to the next generations?
Read Colossians 3:1-11. How has Christ renewed you? How do you see Christ in others?
Read Luke 12:13-21. How has greed shown up in your life? How do you combat greed in all its forms to live out of a mentality of abundance?

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