Today is Monday the 7th of July in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The St Thomas Music Group sing Mysterium Amoris by Margaret Rizza, from a text by John Main: The meaning of life is the mystery of Love. Just as the roots of trees hold firm in the soil, so it is the roots of love that hold the ground of our being together.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Hosea.

The prophet Hosea speaks here of the God alluring the one he loves, speaking tenderly to her, taking her for his wife in love.  Does this kind of language surprise you?  – the tender, sensuous language of betrothal?  How do you notice yourself reacting to it?

Can you see yourself as the object of God’s love here, yourself as the one God wants to allure and speak tenderly to?

Listen to the reading again, and notice how the reading moves from talking indirectly of “her” to speaking directly to “you”.

“There she shall respond as in the days of her youth.”  Do you ever feel that your relationship with God has become tired or jaded, and hanker for some past time when it seemed full of life, when you responded to God and felt God responding to you?  Knowing that God is ready to respond to you, can you speak to God about that now?