The tri­umph of faith

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

With ref­er­ence to the let­ter en­ti­tled “Throw away moral­ity”, it is piti­ful that John Guil­lau­mier puts for­ward his ar­gu­ments and rhetoric in a lop­sided phi­los­o­phy.

Once he be­lieves in God, he should have con­sulted the day’s liturgy.

The para­ble of the Pharisee and the Pub­li­can teaches us that the lat­ter’s at­ti­tude was more pleas­ing to God be­cause “ev­ery­one who ex­alts him­self shall be hum­bled and he who hum­bles him­self shall be ex­alted”. How very true! It’s be­cause many peo­ples have no scru­ples about ig­nor­ing the word of God or dis­card­ing it, that the world finds it­self in such a pre­car­i­ous and cos­mic con­fu­sion.

A law part­ner, politi­cian or busi­ness ty­coon who bilks peo­ple and cheats on his wife might be viewed as a suc­cess­ful man of the world, but the Chris­tian per­ceives him as a truly lam­en­ta­ble fig­ure. In con­trast, the poor peas­ant who crawls to the al­tar on his knees is one who is pre­par­ing to re­ceive his heav­enly re­ward. Without the prospect of eter­nity, this ev­i­dent in­ver­sion of val­ues would be lost to us.

How sweet St Paul’s words ring, (same day liturgy). As for me, I am al­ready be­ing poured out in sac­ri­fice, and the time of my de­liv­er­ance is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have fin­ished the course, I have kept the faith. For the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of jus­tice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will give to me in that day, yet not to me only, but also to those who love his com­ing. (Tim. 2 (4:6-8)).

“Two things fill my mind with new and in­creas­ing ad­mi­ra­tion, the star-stud­ded sky above and the laws of God etched in my soul” – Kant, Ger­man philoso­pher.

John Az­zopardi Zab­bar

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