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First Reading for the Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Hosea 6:1-6

Summary: God promises healing and revival to those who return to Him, with His arrival as certain as the sunrise. Yet, He questions Ephraim and Judah's fleeting loyalty, emphasizing the desire for their love and understanding over rituals and sacrifices.

Renewal and Understanding

Come, let us return to the LORD, it is he who has rent, but he will heal us; he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence. Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines forth like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.

What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away. For this reason I smote them through the prophets, I slew them by the words of my mouth; For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

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