Thursday, April 7, 2011

Modern Man, Modern Church?

I was reading this passage from the book of Wisdom last night in Adoration.

Then it was not enough for them to err about the knowledge of God,
but though living in great strife due to ignorance,
they call such great evils peace.
 For whether they kill children in their initiations, or celebrate secret mysteries,
or hold frenzied revels with strange customs,
 they no longer keep either their lives or their marriages pure,
but they either treacherously kill one another, or grieve one another by adultery,
 and all is a raging riot of blood and murder, theft and deceit, corruption, faithlessness, tumult, perjury,
 confusion over what is good, forgetfulness of favours,
defiling of souls, sexual perversion,
disorder in marriages, adultery, and debauchery.
 For the worship of idols not to be named
is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.
 For their worshippers either rave in exultation,
or prophesy lies, or live unrighteously, or readily commit perjury;
 for because they trust in lifeless idols
they swear wicked oaths and expect to suffer no harm.
 But just penalties will overtake them on two counts:
because they thought wrongly about God in devoting themselves to idols,
and because in deceit they swore unrighteously through contempt for holiness.
 For it is not the power of the things by which people swear,
but the just penalty for those who sin,
that always pursues the transgression of the unrighteous. 
From Wis 14:22-31

Seems like this could be poetry about today, about now. Hopeful, no?


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