My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
Hosea’s words to the bad priests of Israel should give us pause, particularly if we are parents. Much as our individualistic culture wants to deny it, our choices and our response to truth are not just going to affect us: they will — inexorably, surely, and without fail — affect our children. If one generation rejects “knowledge” (that is, the truth of God’s word) it is a generation of bad priests, for the task of the older generation is to mediate the revelation of God to the rising generation. What we do not pass on to our young they will not receive. And what we pass on, they will. It is a shockingly heavy responsibility God has given us, but not impossible, for it has been done for 2,000 years. Today, receive the knowledge of God through His Holy Church and His Holy Word and pass it on. Generations yet unborn will thank you for it.