My Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Pope Francis, on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord said “if we do not worship God, we will worship idols”. Over the past few years a fair number of Christians say we are “spiritual but not religious”. It happened among people of all walks of life, men and women; race and culture; different ages and education. There are also people who do not belong to either of the categories who deny the presence of God. People who born and brought up in strong faith background slowly slip away saying ‘all religions are good and same’, and eventually results in non-affiliation to any religion.
St. Paul advised the believers, “Do not conform yourselves to this age…”(Romans 12:2). There are people who looks for the good in different religions and taking out of them which they feel ‘good’. It is a kind of ‘feel good situation’. The aspect of ‘faith’ is undermined. Our fathers walked in the light of faith, but today contrary to the belief of our ancestors, people are forced to follow the reasoning. In the Book of Hebrews we read, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” (11:1). Believing in God and His words and relying on them will bring amazing things in our lives. In our post-modern world this is something we must address, otherwise we might walk to idolatry as the Pontiff commented.
Fr. Ligory Kattiakaran