For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his works.” (Wisdom 13:1)
According to our first reading today, we are being foolish when we deny God’s existence given that we can clearly see what God has created around us. St. Paul would add: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-21)
After reflecting on the above, the great intellectual colossus, St. Thomas Aquinas, came up with five solid proofs of God’s existence. They are:
1,. The Proof from MOTION. Whatever is in motion now was at rest until moved by something else, and that by something else, and so on. So there must be a First Mover which is itself unmoved. This First Mover is God.
2., The Proof from EFFICIENT CAUSE. Everything in the world has its efficient cause–its maker–and that maker has its maker, and so on. The coffee table was made by the carpenter, the carpenter by his or her parents, and on and on. So there must have been a First Maker, that was not itself made, and that First Maker is God.
3., The Proof from NECESSARY VS. POSSIBLE BEING. Everything we see around us depends on something else for survival hence they are called contingent beings as against one necessary being that does not depend on anything else. This Necessary Being is God.
4., The Proof from DEGREES OF PERFECTION or BEAUTY. We all evaluate things and people in terms of their being more or less perfectly true, good, noble, beautiful, and so on. That Most Perfect Being is God.
5., The Proof from DESIGN. As we look at the world around us, and ourselves, we see ample evidence of design–the bird’s wing, designed for the purpose of flight; the human ear, designed for the purpose of hearing; the natural environment, designed to support life; and on and on. If there is design, there must be a designer. That Designer is God.
As the book of Wisdom asserts: “If through delight in the beauty of these things men assumed them to be gods, let them know how much better than these is their Lord, for the author of beauty created them.” (Wisdom 13:3).
In our Gospel passage, Jesus makes us understand that we do not know the day or the hour when we would be called to give an account of our lives. Just as it is foolishness to deny God’s existence, it is even greater foolishness to ignore God’s instructions on how we ought to live our lives. The world would surely end, but no one knows when this would happen. Jesus says that there will be no sign or warning as in the time of Noah or in the time of Lot, people went about their daily activities. The best preparation we can have for that time is doing God’s will right now.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, may I offer my very life in service to you and whenever you choose to call me, may I be found worthy of heaven. Amen.
Bible Study: Wisdom 13:1-9, Psalm 19 and Luke 17:26-37).