Hosea testifies to an earth that laments with its people.
No one from the outside can fully grasp the inner workings of any marriage. Even those inside sometimes find themselves lonely and strangers.
There are many people with whom I have not had an affair. Billions. There is also one man in particular.
I wished that Hosea and Philemon were not in the lectionary. My reasoning? I don't like that the books uphold the notions of people being bought and sold as property.