Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Lord GOD speaks-- who will not prophesy!

Today's first reading:

Book of Amos 3,1-8.4,11-12.
Hear this word, O men of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your crimes. Do two walk together unless they have agreed? Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something? Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything? If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If evil befalls a city, has not the LORD caused it? Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. The lion roars-- who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks-- who will not prophesy! I brought upon you such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: you were like a brand plucked from the fire; Yet you returned not to me, says the LORD. So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel:

Courtesy of : Daily Gospel

People are prophecying. Trumpets are sounding everywhere, the lion roars, but who will hear? The Lord deals with us in his own way... and what better way than to let us sink further into the trap we set for ourselves. If things are terribly wrong in our society, who have we to blame for it? No one but ourselves.