Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Non sicut Deum | Not as God

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God “ – Romans 1:21.


God the Father created all human beings. So their duty is to worship and give thanks to God. Yet, many people do not pray. They prefer to stay far from God. It's very sad and painful, especially for God who loves them. The consequences of such a life are ungodliness and unrighteousness (v. 18).

We sometimes consider why people hurt one another and commit sins. In the passage from the Letter to Romans, we find the answer. If we forget about God, we find other gods and serve them. We become slaves of our passions and desires. We behave like monsters and make our world like hell. Moreover, we try to justify our bad behavior. For we do not want to follow God's commandments.

Why does God the Father allow it to happen? Because he gave us free will. We can exchange the truth for a lie, worship, and serve the creature rather than Creator (v. 25). It is a sad story.

Nonetheless, we as followers of Christ praise him. We bless God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We recognize other people as our brothers and sisters. We know God's righteousness. We keep praying for the whole world and even for our enemies. Because we look for a better world - the Kingdom of God. Thus, we are proud as God's beloved children. Amen.

Reflection on Romans 1:18-32 by Fr. J√≥zef Trzebuniak SVD. 

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