"Fools say to themselves, 'There is no God.' God looks down from heaven at the human race to see if there are any who are wise, any who worship him. 'Don't they know?' God asks. 'Are these evildoers ignorant?'" -Psalms 53:1,2,4
I went to my cobbler after Mass this morning, with some work for him to do for me. A gentleman I know came by and, when he had left, the cobbler, together with another man in his kiosk, spoke of how the life of the other gentleman who had just left had been transformed. He was going to church! Their words were like the most wonderful music to my ears - not because this gentleman was simply going to church - but because of what it had taken to get him to turn his life around and the role I'd played in it.
This gentleman, somewhere in his late twenties, used to be an accomplished drunkard, known in the neighbourhood for his prowess when it came to alcohol. He was jobless, with no support from anywhere and just wasting away his life from day to day, aimlessly roving the earth. I, together with some others, spoke to him for years, trying to convince him to go to church, let go of his bad ways and start on a new path. I helped financially whenever I could and kept urging him to turn to God. When I heard today, therefore, that he was now doing well and, in fact, saw him going to church, I couldn't hide my excitement. After years, the seed we sowed was finally bearing fruit!
That gentleman has turned over a new leaf; he has opted for life over death, having chosen to surrender His life to Christ Jesus. Many, however, still willingly wallow in foolishness, choosing this passing world over God and what He requires of us, His beloved children. We, too, are fools sometimes - because we all sin; but we all can strive to be less foolish with every passing day, as we grow in the Lord. There are some, however, who revel in their foolishness. That cannot be anything else but a recipe for a monumental disaster!
If you're playing with sin, you're a fool! It will destroy you someday if you do not mend your ways. If you're toying with God's grace, you're a fool! The day may come when you die - and then grace will be able to do nothing more for you. If you're stubbornly refusing to bend your will to God's, you're a fool! That stubbornness will ruin you someday if you're not careful. If you do not fear God, and, even worse, if you are teaching others to do same, you're an even bigger fool! Should you die in that state, your punishment will be truly great! As the scriptures reveal, we are not to take God's grace for granted. As the scriptures also say, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 3:7,8).
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