Today’s Old Testament reading is also from Hosea, and here is part of it: ‘Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn, that he may heal us; he has stricken, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him’. Here we may see a prefiguring of our Lord’s resurrection, and in turn our own. For now, and for every day, the message is ‘return to the Lord’. Daily, every moment, every hour, let us consciously seek Him, turning our whole being to Him. May He bless us in this, and may you feel His closeness this day.