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God Is Not Mocked

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Rembrandt's Moses and the 10 Commandments

On a recent weekend in the First Reading of the Mass, we read of events in 800 years B.C. from the Book of Amos (7:12-15).  Two Kingdoms, Israel to the north and Judah to the south, occupied the present day Holy Land.  In this Reading, God told Amos, a humble shepherd of Judah, to go to Israel as a prophet and tell people to repent of their evil ways.

Moses had led the ancestors of these people of Israel out of Egypt, but now they worshiped false gods and led corrupt lives.  Amaziah, an unworthy prophet of Israel, told Amos to get out of the country.  In so many words, he said, “Don’t rock the boat.”

Read the Book of Amos in the Old Testament with its nine short chapters.  As I read this Book recently, chills went up and down my spine.  In this Book, God tells what He will do to these unrepentant and hard-hearted people.  We must not fool ourselves.  God will not allow mockery of His Ten Commandments to go unnoticed.

Hear these lines, a continuation of that above Reading: ……..Amos is speaking to Amaziah…”Now, therefore, listen to this message from the Lord.  You say, don’t prophesy against Israel.  The Lord’s reply is this, ‘Because of your interference, your wife will become a prostitute in this city.  Your sons and daughters will be killed.  You (Amaziah) will die in a heathen land and the people of Israel will become slaves in exile…..”

Refer to this Book of Amos to our present day life.  How foolish of us if we leave its message in far away past.  I say to myself, I want to renounce any evil in my life.  A short time ago a classmate of mine died.

A few days before he died, Father Ed went to doctor for simple repair work.  Alas!  The surgeon discovered a massive infection, too far advanced for a cure.  When the infection hit his heart, my friend died.  If early treated, this infection would have been a minor problem.

So, too, a small evil, if we can speak of evil in this way, can grow into a major, deadly corruption.  The morale of the story: Confront evil within ourselves, in our family life, in community about us!  Root it out in its early stages.  God is not mocked!  Read Book of Amos!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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October 22, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. Trust you’ve kissed those sneezes away and are feeling better today dearest Fr. George McKenna! Noticed those huge hay rolls in the meadows at your villa as i left yesterday . . . didn’t know farming was continuing there . . .how wonderful . . . but maybe that’s were your sneezes were coming from . . . (smile).
    Had breakfast with some of my St. Raymond family after the 7:30 mass this morning and they were all asking about you and your bulletins . . . Mrs Berthiaume said she really misses receiving your mail-outs . . . she doesn’t have a computer . . .
    A great big bunch of blessings and love to you from all of us, mary lou

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi Fr. George,

    Joe and Rose shared your blog with me. I very much enjoyed reading all your entries! What a wonderful way to keep sharing your faith and the Lord’s message. You are obviously keeping very busy in your “retirement”. God Bless you for all you do and share.

    Sherry McGrath

    Comment by sherry mcgrath | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. Powerful message Amos delivered, God Bless You Uncle George

    Comment by Mike | October 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you Father McKenna for all the goodness you bring to the lives of others. You are a bit of sunshine!!! I enjoyed our visit ~see you again soon. Blessings, Beth Doyle

    Comment by Beth Doyle | October 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. Merry Christmas Father George and thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas story in Alaska! Just know the Lord’s richest blessings surround you . . . especailly this Christmas day as you continue to bless us all with your stories, encouragements and loving ways . . .
    Blessings, love and a hug,
    mary lou

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | December 25, 2011 | Reply

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