My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
What a week this has been! We see the continuing chaos of war, the disruptions to our economy, outrageous gas prices, shocking hearings about attacks on our democracy, a Supreme Court ruling that opens the door to protecting the unborn in the womb, with protests and attacks on churches because of that ruling. What a week/month indeed!
How do we approach these challenges, of living as Christians, in a pluralistic society, a “divided and divisive” world, a world that refutes truth, science and history with conspiracy theories and chosen blindness, all while ignoring the cry for justice from the poor or marginalized?
Faith must inform us. Faith must transform us.
In our second reading today we hear St. Paul speak to the Galatians, these words: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. For neither does circumcision (following the law as a Jew) mean anything, nor does uncircumcision (living as a gentile), but only a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God (those whom God has chosen and who have chosen God).”
We must become a new creation. The “world” must be crucified in us and us to “the world”. We must live for Christ, above all else! We must build up the Kingdom of God. Faith must inform us. Faith must transform us.
We must also use the God given gift of reason to know, especially through science and history, how to approach these challenges of living in a pluralistic society, and approach these challenges by living as Christians in a “divided and divisive” world.
This weekend our nation will celebrate her beginnings, and rightfully so; for it began as a hope for democracy, equality, freedom and justice for “all” people. The rights and privileges we enjoy are a light to all nations, but we are not perfect and sin still tries to steer us away from the Kingdom of God. A place where all can fully live their dignity as created in the image and likeness of God.
We know at the time of our Nations’ founding, “all people” did not include all people. The enslavement of blacks, the abuse of native peoples, the dismissal of the dignity of women and children was rampant and accepted.
In our own day, we deny equality, freedom and justice to the unborn. We deny the very science that clearly proves genetically, chromosomally, biologically, scientifically: the child in the womb IS NOT the mother’s body!
Our Black and Native American brothers and sisters, women and children, all waited far too long for equality, freedom and justice; in some ways they are still waiting!
May the child in the womb be protected in every State of our Nation and granted the right to live. May the “all” we speak of as a nation in “justice for all”, soon include them and all who have waited far too long. We have much to do until the day when “all people” really includes all people!
God bless America! God bless those who are “informed by faith” and “transformed by God”! God bless those who work for justice, equality and peace; living as Christians in our pluralistic society, a “divided and divisive” world!
This is how we will become a “light to all the nations”.
As always, I wish you peace.
- Fr. Ed
NOTE: 4th of July Mass at 9:00 AM!
Come pray for our Nation!