These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Thus says the LORD: I will allure her; 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. (Hosea 2:16, 17c-18, 21-22)
We are in the Summer of the Prophets. The first reading at the daily Masses will be from the prophets until the end of August. Today we have a fascinating image from the prophet Hosea: God goes a-courting! Of course, God is courting us! As God says, I will speak to your heart, in right and in justice, in love and in mercy, forever in fidelity, and we shall know the Lord.