THE MEANS AND THE ENDS

DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SOWING SEEDWhat does it mean that we will reap what we sow?

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. – Galatians 6:7

In the eyes of God, the ends and the means are one parcel, unable to be separated one from the other. And the longer I live, the more this Biblical truth is confirmed.

Flourishing in the world is this delusion that the end justifies the means. We see it in politics, we see it in business, sadly, we even see it sometimes in the Church. We resort to somewhat devious ways to achieve a desirable goal, but when the goal is reached, something has tarnished along the way.

Deceit begets distrust. Intimidation begets retaliation. Oppression begets rebellion. Hostility begets passive-aggressive defensiveness. Manipulation begets paranoia. Selfishness begets withdrawal. Blaming begets blaming and criticism begets criticism.
Over and over through the history of Biblical thought … an emphasis of reality both human and Divine keeps being made … you will reap what you sow.

Even when one thinks foolishly, “Well, the Lord will forgive me”, we must remember that God is not mocked.

So my Loved Ones, be careful what you sow … even in pursuit of noble cause … for there is an inevitable justice inherent in God’s Creation.

Always in Christ’s Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

About Father Charitas de la Cruz

a Jesuit missionary into realms of dreams and possibilities: a pastor, a counselor, a poet, a photographer, a contemplative Christian, servant of Christ, pen name of Rev. Dr. Jim McWhinnie
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