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HOW TO INCUR GOD'S ANGER

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Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Rom. 1:16-25 & Lk. 11:37-41

The Good News has the power of saving all who have faith in God – Jews as well as Greeks. Proud of the Good News he preaches Saint Paul attacks paganism which lacks the ability to give life. The Gentiles worshipped man-made objects or fostered compulsive behaviour aimed at attaining power, knowledge, wealth and popularity, in the hope that such behaviour would satisfy their inner longing for knowledge of God and meaning in life. Worship of anything other than God, despite any short-term satisfaction it may produce, will result in death.

Paul taught that if we do not worship God, and if we live ungodly and wicked lives like pagans, we will incur God’s anger. Since the Creation of the world, God’s eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made. It is only those with open minds and hearts who will come to know the goodness and glory of His Creation.

Hope for us all rests in Jesus. Through Him, we can all experience God’s love in our lives and overcome anything that separates us from Him.

It may surprise us, as it did the people in Jesus' time, that He accepted the Pharisee's dinner invitation. Whenever they met they were arguments. Why would Jesus accept the invitation? It was because He wanted to share the Good News with him; it was not to observe his faults and condemn him.

The Pharisee, on the other hand, carefully observed Jesus to see if He met all the requirements of the law. By focusing his attention on Jesus' apparent failures, he elevated himself to the position of judge, a position that belongs to God alone.

Many of the Pharisees placed great emphasis on obeying a complex system of religious practices, some of which went far beyond the demands of the Law of Moses. In contrast, Jesus placed importance on two simple laws: being generous in our love for God and in our love for one another.

It can be very challenging for us to give money, attention, or possessions to help others. Such generosity can only come from a heart that is open to God, whose generosity is not only far greater than ours, but is also contagious. Nothing demonstrates the Father's generosity more than the gift of His Son who in His turn gave up His life to rescue us from sin.

Heavenly Father, we thank You that You have given us so much. Teach us to be generous like You and not waste our time finding fault with others.

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