It is 15th November 2019. We celebrate the memorial of Albert the Great, bishop and doctor of the Church. The readings are from Wisdom 13:1-9; and the Gospel from Luke 17:26-37. However, learned, talented and skilful we are, we will not be able to see the movements and hand of God in the events of life until we accept and appreciate the fact that we are the children of God. It is indeed strange to know that the smartest and gifted people believe in God while most of them refuse to accept the spiritual and physical presence of God in the unfolding events of life. Most of us spend all our quality time with the gadgets than with God. The first reading points out clearly that why some of us are able to understand the most difficult mathematical equations and scientific knowledge so easily find it hard to believe and accept the presence and power of God in the creation. It is not because of lack of knowledge but prioritising and practicing type of belief that these events are natural without God’s hand in it. The author elucidates the reasons for which people find it hard to accept is because of their idolization of knowledge, nature, material possessions, and have become so complacent with what they know and have in their lives. We refuse to acknowledge God due to lack of openness, humility and acceptance. No created thing can replace God or resemble God. Our love and respect for nature must not box God out and God’s presence in our lives over everything that is created. We at times are so slow in finding God who is reaching out to touch our being. “If they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge to be able to investigate the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?” (Wis.13:9). The responsorial Psalm praises, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God.” (Ps.18:2). The Gospel reprimands us that we need to hear the movements of God with our eyes and perceive the power of God with our hearts to be alert because none of us know the appearance of the Son of God and His time. We are living between the certainty of the reign of God and the uncertainty of Christ coming. So, we need to engage in activities that build the kingdom of God here on earth and promote by all means the values of the Kingdom of God. Let us live a life that pleases God always not a bunch of people. Let us not condemn anyone with harsh judgements rather be merciful and gentle with someone who is believing different than ourselves. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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