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First Reading for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Hosea 2:16-17,21-22

Summary: God expresses a desire to reconcile, leading His people into solitude to renew their relationship. He promises to restore blessings and turn hardship into hope, pledging eternal commitment characterized by righteousness, justice, love, mercy, and faithfulness, ensuring a deep understanding of His character.

Restoration and Commitment

Therefore, I will allure her now; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak persuasively to her.

Then I will give her the vineyards she had, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as on the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

I will betroth you to me forever: I will betroth you to me with justice and with judgment, with loyalty and with compassion; I will betroth you to me with fidelity, and you shall know the Lord.

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