"That woman, worn out with adultery!"
When I was small,
I was told that long long ago
people had many many gods.
They would build statues,
enshrine them in temples,
kneel before them,
ask them favors.
I remember thinking how strange this
How is it possible they do not realize
are bogus deities?
When I grew up, I realized that today
do the same thing!
Perhaps our gods are not made of stone,
Ours are more subtle, more hidden
But our deities are likewise taking
of the one God.
What is 'a god' after all?
God is someone on whom one relies and
someone on whom one puts one's mind
the someone or something that is very
someone one works hard for to obtain.
One thinks that if one has this god,
one will be happy
this 'god' will free me from sadness
fills my empty heart.
Let us be more explicit.
Here is a whole list of 'modern' gods…
We have just the embarrassment of the
Money, career, job, affection, a beautiful
politics, family, self esteem, apostolate…
Since day one,
our life was geared towards acquiring
at all costs.
Because we believe that these gods
We think money.
We dream of love.
We move violently for a job…
Let us be honest with ourselves:
Our lives are built on this stuff.
We worship them, not through words,
We are ready to do anything to get
to acquire that girl, that promotion,
The problem with all these gods is
they are false gods.
False in the sense that they don't
what they promise.
They promise us happiness and they
swallow anti depressants.
They promise us freedom and bind our
They promise us life and they give
They promise us heaven and they push
Those who have any experience know
am not exaggerating.
You could have two villas,
a bank account that is adequate for
a really lovely woman, children that
a job that is the envy of all your
numerous influential acquaintances
and yet these do not enhanced your
The problem is not outside us
- Jesus Christ reminds us constantly
It is within you.
The Word of God is so liberating!
"The Lord our God is the only
love the Lord your God with all your
with all your mind
with all your strength".
Sounds so simple
but really this statement goes against
whole education system.
We were never taught this!
But this is the only truth!
Do this and you will have life for
Only God can give us what we have always
what we have always hoped for
what we really need.
It is not things that we lack
We lack Someone!
"News of this was brought to Jotham.
He went and stood on the top of Mount
and shouted at the top of his voice:
Hear me, leaders of Shechem, so that
may also hear you..
One day the trees went out to anoint
to rule them.
They said to the olive tree, 'Be our
The olive tree replied, 'Must I forgo
gives honor to gods and men, to stand
sway over the trees?'
Then the trees said to the fig tree,
come and be our king!'
The fig tree replied, 'Must I forgo
forgo my excellent fruit,
to go and sway over the trees?'
Then the trees all said to the thorn
'You come and be our king!'
And the thorn bush replied to the trees,
'If you are anointing me in good faith
to be your king, come and shelter in
But, if not, fire will come out of
and devour the cedars of Lebanon'…"
(Judges 9, 7-11. 14-15)
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