A reading from the book of Hosea (Hosea 5:15-6:6)

WHAT I WANT IS LOVE, NOT SACRIFICE.

The Lord says this:
They will search for me in their misery:
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces, but he will heal us;
he has struck us down, but he will bandage our wounds;
after a day or two he will bring us back to life,
on the third day he will raise us
and we shall live in his presence.
Let us set ourselves to know the Lord;
that he will come is as certain as the dawn,
he will come to us as showers come,
like spring rains watering the earth.”

What am I to do with you, Ephraim?
What am I to do with you, Judah?
This love of yours is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that quickly disappears.
This is why I have torn them to pieces by the prophets,
why I slaughtered them with the words from my mouth,
his judgement will rise like the light,
since what I want is love, not sacrifice;
knowledge of God, not holocausts.

The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.

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