“Everybody kept on eating and drinking, and men and women married up to the very day Noah went into the boat and the flood came and killed them all.” (Lk 17:27)
Today’s Passage: Lk 17:26-37
Meditation: Among the opening stories of the bible, the story of the flood at the time of Noah stands unique. The faith of Noah is not parallel with any other stories of the time. The author of Genesis sums up his life story in a simple sentence, “Noah was a just man, blameless among the people of his time, a man who walked with God.” (Gen 6:9) It is without doubt against the story of Adam and Eve who kept away from walking with the Lord. (Gen 3:8)
Noah’s walking with the Lord is unique for he lived in accordance with the will of God. People laughed at him seeing his making of a huge ark at the top of the mountain in view of great flood even at the time of severe drought. However, unlike Eve, he did not heed to their words, but believed in God’s promises. (Gen 6:18) Jesus says, “Everybody kept on eating and drinking, and men and women married up to the very day Noah went into the boat and the flood came and killed them all.” (Lk 17:27) What a tragedy it is!
Even after many thousands of years, we too may judge them today as wicked or foolish people and Noah as the most righteous one. But, our judgment may not be blameless, since we also at times prove ourselves not different from these people. Jesus says, “Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you.” (Mt 7:1) When we see people who are dedicated and religious, what is our attitude toward them? Do I laugh at them, seeing their way of life completely depending upon God’s will and providence?
Everybody kept on eating, drinking, and making merry up to the very day of flood. Many people today may seem to be like these people who were not repentant until the last time. While enjoying the pleasures of this world we may not be able to understand or hear the message of God. We need at times “retreats” from the pleasures of this worldly life to hear the word of God. Do we find time for retreats in our life? Today is the day for hearing him.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Lord, have mercy on us, many a time we have laughed at people who were trying to lead a fruitful Christian life and have lost a sense of sin and repentance. Today, we want to come to you back. Give us the courage to heed to the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit, rather to the whispers of this world for your word is life giving spirit. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Friday…