All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is he who made them.
For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less;
For they indeed have gone astray perhaps,
though they seek God and wish to find him.
For they search busily among his works,
but are distracted by what they see, because the things seen are fair.
But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge
that they could speculate about the world,
how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5AB
R.(2a) The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”
“All men, by nature, are foolish who are in ignorance of God.” (Wisdom 13:1)
Believing in Jesus was somehow a ridiculous thought to me when I was young. I’ve always viewed Him as a magician every time I hear a story of His miracles. I see His teachings as a tool to lure people in giving their money to their respective church. I’ve seen Him as a figure of hope as well, thinking that He was worshiped because people need to be given a sense of hope. I thought that the Church was just using a protagonist of some book to manipulate people for their agendas.
This perspective clouded my thoughts which closed my mind to the idea of God. Afterwards, a day came where a simple decision of my family would crash our world as we know it. We struggled in every possible way and lost everything that we owned. The problems that we encountered exhausted us physically and mentally to a point that it made us bitter.
Then one Sunday came and we decided to go to mass. Little did I know that an enthusiastic priest would change my views. He opened his statement with a simple quote from proverbs, “Follow the word of God, all things shall succeed well.”
With his charm and heartfelt speech revolving around that passage, I asked myself, if success is what I want how can I follow Him? This simple question led me to prayer meetings and teachings from different church related communities. Then slowly I see hope within and realize that God is not a superficial idea rather, a living thought that teaches us how to live in a manner where we can manage our personal obstacles by giving us opportunities that leads to our success in life.
Father, open the eyes of Your people to their ignorance of You. Give then the opportunity to see Your goodness; for them to know Your wonderful plans for them. Amen!
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