Read Romans 1:16-25, Ps. 19:2-5 Luke 11:37-41)_

“What can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them. Ever since the world's creation, his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been perceived in the things made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)

The Psalmist puts it quite plainly: “Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.”’ (Psalm 14:1). The problem with anyone who thinks or behaves as if there is no God is that they always think they are wiser than everyone else. St. Paul says, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22).

Immorality and evil in our world today directly reflect the fact that people no longer believe God exists. It is foolish to say God does not exist. It is even greater foolishness to disobey God’s commandments, to live as though there is no authority guiding your life.

No wonder St. Paul says: “Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity… Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way, the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men.” (Romans 1:24-27)

Coming to our Gospel passage, we hear Jesus referring to the Pharisees as fools not because they didn’t believe that God exists but because they offered to God mere lip service (notice – me) while their hearts were far from God.

“Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?” (Luke 11:39-40).

Have I denied God’s existence by publicly displaying holiness only to fall back to evil secretly? Have I denied God’s existence by engaging in immoral behaviours like St. Paul describes in our first reading?

Let us pray: Almighty, ever-living God, free me from superficial faith. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr. Bible Study: Romans 1:16-25, Ps. 19:2-5 Luke 11:37-41).

@Rev. Fr. Evaristus E. Abu