Thursday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
You say, "prophesy not against Israel, preach not against the house of Isaac." (Amos 7:16)
Lord God, the priest of Bethel, Amaziah, is critical of Your prophet Amos. He tells King Jeroboam that Amos is a traitor and his prophecy false. Amos was not afraid to admit to his lack of credentials as a prophet, but could not avoid proclaiming Your word and Your truth.
Israel has become a tottering structure; it will be destroyed in order to be rebuilt upon its proper foundation. Kings and those who have power because of their association with them do not like to hear that they will be knocked off their throne. May Your Word of Truth, Jesus Christ, touch my heart with the power of Your life, and forgive my sins so that I may rise and walk with the courage He offers to follow You.
First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, pray for us.