In the Gospel, we are told of the reality of how man’s sinfulness led to experiencing punishment. During the time of Noah, the whole world experienced flooding. Sodom and Gomorrah experienced God’s wrath, as did Bethsaida, Chorazin, and Capernaum. Eventually, as Jesus predicted, Jerusalem also was destroyed.
Fr. Richard Heilman wrote an article asking his readers, “Is God trying to get our attention? Do you have the sense that something is coming?”
Why? If, from the time of Noah all the way through the second world war, God was already disappointed with the sinfulness of Man, how would you think His feelings would be now? I guess you would agree that the sinfulness in the 1950s is nothing compared to this generation? Back then there was no abortion, there was no pornography, and people had a sense of right or wrong.
Hence what can we do now, living in this evil and unfaithful generation?
- Put God center in our lives. Once Jesus said, you cannot serve two masters in this life, you are going to love one and despise the other. Obviously, nowadays, society has become lovers of money.
- Pray. St. John Bosco would always encourage two things: Holy Eucharist and Devotion to Mama Mary. I always find Prayer with Fasting and Almsgiving very powerful.
- Conversion and Being Prepared. Jesus said that we do not know the hour and the day that he is coming. The message of Jonah is that of conversion. This too is the message of Jesus. Always be prepared.
In October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a frightening vision. He witnessed Satan asking God for 100 years to persecute the Church. If you look at these last 100 years, the Church has certainly gone through a lot. In fact, many people have lost their faith in God because of the Church. Indeed we are again living in an evil and unfaithful generation.