Friday, March 17 (4), 2023
No Liturgy ─ no New Testament reading appointed
“An ungodly man shall fall by his own ungodliness” [Prov. 11:5]. Ungodliness means a false view of God, or forgetting Him altogether, including disbelief in His existence and in His providence for the created universe.
Some people, under pressure of such ungodly thoughts, still desiring to be good, take the following decision: I will be just, honest and loving, never concerning myself with lofty questions, whether or not there is any higher force above me, supervising, demanding and holding me accountable for anything I do. And what’s the result? As they do not ask for God’s blessing, they never get it, and they have no success in their pursuit of goodness. Their conscience constantly reminds them of their injustice, dishonesty and selfishness. The only thing they can do is to pretend to be good in the eyes of the others, occasionally justifying themselves by wrangling and lies. But if their conscience is still sound, they cannot justify their failings by any means. Insensitive souls don’t really care about such inner controversy, while sensitive ones grapple with it without much success.
Oh, if only someone took a serious look at this controversy in himself, discerning whence it comes and how to resolve it! He would not only straighten out his own ways, but also helped others directing them towards real goodness.