Jeremiah is a great one for complaining about the trials and difficulties of being a prophet. Yet, at least he remains faithfully obedient to God’s call in the midst of his struggles. Can the same be said of us?

Society today is seemingly becoming more and more aggressively anti-Christian. At least this is the case in the Western World. There seems to be a concerted attempt to rid the democratic capitalist economic system of its underlying Judaeo-Christian morality. What do a I mean by this and what have I got to do with this anyway? There are few who will dispute that the practice of democratic capitalism rests upon a certain Judaeo-Christian philosophy and morality. If we go back a few decades many of the moral precepts of the Christian Church were the basis of the law of nominally Christian countries in the Western World.

Today, however, there is a very different story. Without going into the specifics of it all as there is no room here to do this, what we find is that there is an aggressive move to get rid of this basic Christian assumptions in the name of liberty and freedom of speech, thought and act. Thus we find, for example, the move to legalize abortion on request, the widespread promotion of contraception and so on. What we are witnessing is the systematic destruction of the notion that there is such a thing as absolute truth!

This is what makes it so difficult to be a Christian today! Christianity is built on the foundation that absolute truth rests in the person of Jesus and He entrusted the Church with the responsibility of proclaiming and upholding this truth in the world. Jeremiah may well complain about the difficulty of doing God’s will in his own life. I think it was Karl Rahner who said that it is more difficult today to know and do what is right than it has ever been in the history of the world.

Let us pray for the grace to be firmly rooted in the truth of who we are as the sons and daughters of God and thus live fully the absolute truth of what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God.

How have I compromised my Christian values in an attempt to accommodate the tenets of today’s society? What am I going to do about changing this in my life?

Holy Spirit, grant me the wisdom to know and the strength to live out all that is true and beautiful in my life as a witness to the fact that all truth and beauty finds its origin in God.