This week has been a week in which the first readings are from the Prophet Hosea. It seems to me that whenever the first reading is proclaimed the faithful are lost in a pool of unfamiliar names, a message that has been lifted out of its context, and all that makes it a little more challenging for the Word from the prophet to reach the people. So, this week I have been preaching the 1st reading and told folks that I would provide short introduction to the Prophet Hosea and his writings.
The introduction is borrowed, in part, from the USCCB website, various commentaries, and other sources. You can view a copy of the introduction here. You might also find a short Powerpoint presentation on the Kings of Israel to be a helpful grounding. Enjoy!