The Lord is angry at his people, including the priests he appointed as leaders. I don’t know if they will want to hear the message he gave me to deliver to them. I don’t want them to take their anger out on me, the messenger, so I have decided to write this down and send it under the name “Malachi,” which means, my messenger. I do not want anyone to know I sent it. May God forgive me for my fear.
“For a great King am I, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. And now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, And if you do not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name … I will send a curse upon you.”
It isn’t easy for me to write this, but I know what God wants me to do. I know they will be insulted by this next passage, but I would rather risk the anger of Israel than the anger of God. I will keep writing.
“I will strew dung in your faces … and you will be carried off with it.
“Then you will know that I sent you this commandment because I have a covenant with Levi. My covenant with him was one of life and peace; fear I put in him, and he feared me, and stood in awe of my name.”
Maybe the priests will remember the covenant God made with Levi. Maybe they will want to be like him. Listen to what God says about him.
“True doctrine was in his mouth, and no dishonesty was found upon his lips; He walked with integrity and uprightness, and turned many away from evil. For the lips of the priest are to keep knowledge, and instruction is to be sought from his mouth, because he is the messenger of the Lord.” And I must tell the priests why God is angry with them.
“But you have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction; You have made void the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts. I, therefore, have made you contemptible and base before all the people, Since you do not keep my ways, but show partiality in your decisions.”
I must send this message. If not, I will have failed my God. I only hope the priests will listen.
READ MORE ABOUT IT:
Malachi 1 and 2
1. With whom had God made a covenant of peace?
2. What did God say about the lips and mouths of priests?
The Bible has been translated into many languages. One of the most famous versions in English was published by King James in 1611. His scholars used the original texts as well as previous editions of the Bible that were available at the time.
A popular version used by Catholics today is the New American Bible. During Mass, we hear readings from the Old Testament, the New Testament and one of the Gospels.
We should read our Bibles on a regular basis so that we will know what God has told us. The Bible is full of advice on how to lead good Christian lives, but there are also beautiful poems, mysterious prophecies and exciting adventure stories.
The story of Jesus, while he lived on Earth, is told in the four Gospels.
Hilarion was was born in 291 in the village of Tabatha near the Palestinian city of Gaza. His parents were not Christian, but he learned about Jesus when he was in school in Alexandria. He became a Christian and was baptized there when he was 15 years old.
One of the men who inspired him was St. Antony. Many people came to Antony for healing, but Hilarion preferred a more solitary way of life for himself. He gave away most of his possessions and found a place in the desert where he could be alone to pray and meditate. He made baskets out of reeds, which he would sell in order to buy the food he needed to survive.
In spite of his efforts to remain by himself, people came to him for prayer and healing. He went to a different desert, but people found him there as well.
He once said, although he was usually silent, his miracles spoke loudly. He continued to move about from place to place until his death in 371.
We honor him on Oct. 21.