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Breaking Open the Word [Amos 6:4-7]
Seek good not evil, that you may live
26th Sunday, Ordinary Time, 2016
Amos lived in Northern Kingdom of Israel in 8th century BC. He is one of the earliest prophets called to speak against social injustices in Israel. He is called prophet of social justice. His words are God’s indictment against the ruling monarchy and the wealthy of the land. God responds to the cry of the poor, the weak and their helplessness. God seeks justice/fairness for all, especially the well-being of the poor. God is going to deprive the oppressors their brutal/greedy power and remove situations they would exploit others. Through Amos, God warns Israel that their leaders are intoxicated with
pride and pre-occupied with their own selfish dreams; their pride/arrogance of the present will be swallowed up and it will disappear. The people of Israel lost sight of their covenantal obligations to live the commandments of God, consequently the Kingdom of Israel was captured, destroyed and exiled by foreign forces, by Assyrian Empire.