The group members reminisced about their earlier years. “We used to have a wonderful farm, we grew lots of fruit and vegetables and became quite wealthy I must say. But we were also so busy that we hardly had time for God and stopped going to church. I suppose our idols, what the reading calls “sacred pillars” were money, new cars, expensive holidays. As I look back I realise a time came when our children all left home and those material things didn’t matter any more. ”
Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased the more altars he built; as his country improved he improved his sacred pillars. Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. Hosea 10:1-2.
Pope Francis: An empty nest obliges a couple to redefine their relationship. There are also personal crises that affect the life of couples often involving finances, work, emotional, social and spiritual difficulties requiring a process of forgiveness and reconciliation. AL 237