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First Reading for the Common of Virgins

Hosea 2:16b, 17b, 21-22

When it is not the Easter season

Summary: God promises to lead Israel into a place of solitude, speaking tenderly to her, evoking the devotion of her youth. He commits to an eternal relationship based on righteousness, justice, love, compassion, and faithfulness, deepening her knowledge of Him.

God's Promise of Renewal

Thus says the LORD:

I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.

She shall respond there as in the days of her youth, when she came up from the land of Egypt.

I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity, and you shall know the LORD.

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