27 April 2017: Does God need Protection?


Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading 1: Acts. 5: 27-33; Ps. 34: 2-20; Gospel: Jn. 3: 31-36

In a theistic context, any accusation against God or His works is treated with great anger and resentment.  Everyone is up in arms… do defend God.  However, one needs to ask oneself, ‘Does God need protection?… that too from us mortals?’  Can He not stand on His own?

The apostles, when challenged by the political and religious authorities, boldly give witness to God and prefer to follow His commandments than human dictates.  They were mostly true to this declaration: preference to God over human thinking.  However, most of us, who take up cudgels against those who denounce God or in defence of God, are only like the dressed up soldiers at a fort, not the real soldiers.  For when it comes to living by the word of that God, we fail – miserably, at times. Our whole vehement defence of God and His works, fails to inspire us to live by them, especially in our personal lives.

Belief, if true, permeates our entire being, our entire life, not merely our public life.

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