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The more prosperous the people became, the deeper they sank into idolatry.


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Today's Reading
Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12

Samaria, the Northern Kingdom, was enjoying a time of significant material prosperity at the time of Amos and Hosea. The people was like a luxuriant vine, always bearing more abundant fruit.

But the more prosperous the people became, the deeper they sank into idolatry. Their material well-being, in turn, led to their destruction. Their king is not able to rescue them.

The king himself shall disappear, Hosea told them. The places of idolatrous worship (“the high places”), expressions of Israel’s sinfulness, will be overcome with weeds and finally destroyed. The people will look to the mountains and hills for refuge, in vain.

The prophet calls them to repentance. It is time to seek the Lord and hope for His justice--for themselves and their posterity.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk,  the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974 and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. The archbishop’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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