Here’s an fun little bit from the book of the prophet Hosea, Chapter
4:4-10, that you’ll never hear read at Mass because it could be seen as an indictment of the current state of the Roman Catholic Church.
After denouncing the state of the land, that the people have gotten so
bad that even the animals are dying off, the Lord says:
“Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is my contention, O priest.
You shall stumble by day,
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;
and I will destroy your Mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The more they [the priests] increased,
the more they sinned against me;
I will change their glory into shame.
They feed on the sin of my people;
they are greedy for their iniquity.
And it shall be like people, like priest;Hosea 4:410 RSV
I will punish them for their ways,
and requite them for their deeds.
They shall eat, but not be satisfied;
they shall play the harlot, but not multiply;
because they have forsaken the Lord
to cherish harlotry.”
And it goes on and on. This is from the Revised Standard Version; many Catholic translations, especially older ones, naturally twist the blame on the people. Anyway, that’s why you’ve never heard this chapter preached upon. (And check out Hosea 1-3 in any translation for some eye-popping scripture that I guarantee nobody of any denomination EVER preaches about. Holy Moley, the things God asks his prophets to do sometimes…)
Speaking of which, when God’s ranting on about harlots and whoredoms and adultery ‘n’ stuff, it’s also often symbolically about idolatry. Sex and false gods went together in the orgiastic pagan religions back in the good old days (with child sacrifice as the price for such fun), which doubtless increased their overall appeal, irritating the Ancient of Days greatly.
Rather applicable, nonetheless, these days.
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