What is idolatry? It is the worship of anything or any person instead of God. In our first reading Baruch chastises the people of Israel for their worship of false gods.
Fear not, my people!
You were sold to the nations
not for your destruction;
It was because you angered God
that you were handed over to your foes.
For you provoked your Maker
with sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;
You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,
and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.
Are we any different today than the people of Israel in the time of Baruch? Well, maybe. The people of Israel turned to false gods because they feared that the Lord had abandoned them. In contrast, many of our contemporaries consider themselves to be like gods, with the ability to determine what is right and what is wrong. This is the ultimate idolatry. Gone is our Christian understanding of morality and truth, having been replaced by individualized avarice, lust and greed. After all, who needs God when we can simply redefine evil as good and make it so in our own minds?