The text says here that a people without understanding come to ruin. There is a powerful concept there; this notion that there is something higher than ourselves that we live for and that should help to guide who we are. We know that this is God, and in living for Him and through His grace, we find purpose and we find life. When we live merely for ourselves, we do come to ruin. We wind up upset, or alone, or purposeless.
But, when we live that which is higher, we find that we were created for a grand and glorious purpose and through God, we can find life and joy and peace. And, a plan for our lives and a vision to live by.
New Testament Lesson
Even though Paul didn't have to go through the rite of purification, he did anyway. Why? To not be a stumbling block to someone else. Just like Hosea tells us that we live for a purpose, Paul reminds us that we are to live in a way that doesn't cause others to stumble. Paul humbled himself to help others. What a powerful concept and reminder for us that we live not just for ourselves.
Jesus loved regardless. Tax collectors were unlovable. They were despised. They were outcast. And Jesus still loved them. Just like today, in spite of all that we may have done, are doing, and will do, He still loves us. Today, rest in His love.