We tend to
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
May 29, 2018
WE have to be most careful
with this tendency of ours. We like to make ourselves our own God,
defining what is good and evil, as if we were the ones who created
the universe and established the law that governs the whole of
It started with our first
parents who, in their devil-instigated illusion that by eating the
fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they by their
own selves would know what is good and evil, thought they didnít
have to refer to God to know about what is truly good and evil.
And it has grown worse
from then on. Even if the Redeemer has already repaired the damage
caused by it, this tendency continues to hound us. That is why we
cannot exaggerate the need to be most careful with this intoxicating
tendency of ours.
This phenomenon is somehow
dramatized in that gospel parable about a man planting a vineyard
and leasing it out to tenant farmers who did not remit the proceeds
to the owner. (cfr. Mk 12,1-12) They even killed the son of the
owner who went to collect the earnings. In spite of the favor given
to them, they decided to make the vineyard their own.
The precious lesson to be
learned here is that of deep humility and gratitude. Thatís because
we get easily drunk by the many good things God has given us such
that we can think that these good things can just be ours. They do
not have to be referred to the giver or owner of these good things.
In the case of our first
parents, they enjoyed tremendous privileges. They were not supposed
to die. They suffered no pain. They enjoyed complete integrity in
their own lives and harmony in their relation with the other
And even if it was told to
them clearly that while they can enjoy all things in Paradise except
to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they
thought that at the suggestion of the devil they can do away with
that prohibition because the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil was enticing to the eyes.
In other words, they
thought they can know on their own what is good and evil without
having to bother God. In short, they expropriated for themselves
what belongs to God.
This is what is happening
these days in many places. Abortion is now ok. Pre- and
extra-marital sex is now ok. Divorce too. Some countries have
legalized euthanasia. Pornography is now considered normal and
natural. Corruption is presumed to be standard procedure. And a
lengthening list of etceteras.
We need to recover the
right and original order of things. Everything that is true, good
and beautiful can only come from God. Outside of him, we have the
opposite no matter how convincing they may appear to be true, good
and beautiful to us.
Letís hope that we can
make it a habit to refer whatever piece of data, information, skill,
etc. we acquire to God, using it to give glory to God and for the
good of all. This is what is called as having rectitude of
intention. Otherwise, these otherwise good things will sooner or
later fall into the play of our weaknesses and the tricks of the
devil. They will soon be used for the sake of pride, greed, lust,
This habit should be
acquired as early as possible in oneís life. Better if even in
childhood, this habit is already learned. The world would be much
better off that way, keeping itself well rooted on the source and
foundation of reality instead of drifting away to its own fantasy