We have in the first reading a recurring problem of the Israelites: they do what displeases the Lord and turn to idols. The reading’s brief description gives us an indication of why they fall into idolatry. Worship of idols is an expression of the weakness of every human heart that longs for power, might, wealth, sex and freedom from moral obligation. Worshipping these idols only temporarily fulfills these yearnings and desires, just as they do in our modern world. Worshipping the one true God has its moral obligations and it disciplines our wild heart from going astray. In worshipping the one true God we will have peace and joy that no amount of money can buy.

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