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Not healthy to trivialise everything

By Fr. Jacob Arimpur VC

“Guard your steps when you go to the House of God” (Ecc. 5:1). Bible teaches us to be very careful when it comes to the matters related to God. In a world where the growing tendency is to take everything in a very silly way, the revelation is not to have such an attitude very specially when it concerns God and His Words.

In order to experience the manifold blessings of God in life, one should be very particular in not failing to obey even the seemingly silliest of details of the Lord’s Commandments. The moment we begin to dilute, that’s the moment when we start giving room for devil. Therefore, we must ward off any such spirit that provoke us to take things in a light vein. Take for instance – tattooing one’s body. The spirit of the world may not find anything wrong in that. True, there may not be anything harmful in that. But the Word of God is “You shall not tattoo any marks upon you” (Lev. 19:28).

In Lk. 8:18, we read Jesus says, “Those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” In other words, those who desire to be meticulous with the Word of God, more spirit of obedience will be given to them whereas those who do not care to be so specific, even the little bit of docility that they seem to have will be lost one day. If we are faithful in a very little, we will definitely be faithful in much (Lk. 16:10). Therefore, let us not allow the ‘spirit of trivialising’ creep into our lives because once we encourage taking small things lightly it will definitely lead us to belittle the heavier aspects of Law. This is a spirit that spreads like a contagious disease.

We read in the Scripture the manifold and the miraculous ways through which the LORD guided the Israelites out of the slavery of Egyptians. But every wonder within no time became very insignificant in the life of Israelites. Even after witnessing the great power of God they often belittled the mighty intervention of God. Once when they were in the wilderness they began to murmur against God. “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic” (Num. 11:5).

Israelites often underestimated the great works that God did for them and since Moses was there with them always listening to everything what they said we see that this spirit of treating everything lightly catching up with Moses also. Even he gets infected by this sense of disparaging the ability of God and says, “The people I am with number six hundred thousand on foot; and you say, ‘I will give them meat, that they may eat for a whole month’! Are there enough flocks and herds to slaughter for them? Are there enough fish in the sea to catch for them?” (Num. 11:21,22).

Moses, being in the company of Israelites, showed the tendency to underestimate the power of God. This indicates the infectious nature of the spirit of trivializing things. Let us therefore not leave out even the smallest details of the Commandments. Once we start doing it, gradually one day the whole Law would become an insignificant thing for us.

 
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