‘Despite all the words of those prophets whom he sent us, we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God, but, each following the dictates of his evil heart, we have taken to serving alien gods, and doing what is displeasing to the Lord our God.’ – Baruch 1:22
Insane or What?Someone once mocked the Jews for spending 40 years crossing a wilderness that should ordinarily take 40 days. He blamed it on a form of “insanity”. That got me thinking and then it struck me that I live in a country that has been wandering in its own wilderness for more than 50 years and at some point instead of marching forward, we began marching backwards. And the one who made this joke is a fellow citizen. Who is more guilty of dementia? Trading blames hasn’t gotten us anywhere so it is useless. Who is to blame when things go wrong? The wise and mature person often takes responsibility, owns up to his mistakes and repents of them. In order to truly be sorry, there is need for an examination of conscience over our past, an evaluation of our current attitude and actions. This alone can alter posterity for good.
Who is to Blame?We have sinned, oh yes, we have sinned! We have sinned against God and against one another. As children, we have stolen from our children believing we are stealing for them. We trample one another for inordinate gain. We play the prostitute with other nations while our own brothers and sisters die in abject poverty. We only worship money and believe we can placate God with “thanksgivings”. You want to know what you should do? The prophet Micah says, “Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
The Righteous WayLike the Psalmist sings, ‘we have become the taunt of our neighbours’ because while we call God with our lips, our hearts are far away from Him (Mt 15:8; Isa 29:13). As a child, when I did something wrong and I would said “sorry” to either of my parents, they would reply, “Sorry for yourself”. We seek God’s compassion but what we really need to do is be sorry for ourselves. We must realise that our selfishness is killing us and everything around us. We must forsake our evil ways and repent of our sins (Mk 1:15). Righteousness alone exalts a nation; sin a definitely a reproach (Prov 14:34). Unbelievers are not obliged to live up to a moral code; we who believe must show them why it is indispensable for changing our society by reforming our lives. There shall be a day of reckoning and we all shall witness it.
PrayerLord, save us from our sins, give us a heart that seeks to please you and do right by others.
Today's ReadingsBaruch 1:15-22; Ps 79:1-5,8-9; Lk 10:13-16
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