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Homily
Fr. Paul Ward

Sunday, June 28, 2015
13th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
 

The Abomination of the Supreme Court (In)justice’s Glorification of Sodomy

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   Given the gravity of the events, I think that today I should address the grave evil that befell our nation on Friday, and through this great nation, the whole world. I refer to the evil decision of our perverse Supreme Court to declare that the union of homosexuals is to be equated with marriage, and that there is some alleged right to this. Nothing could be farther from the truth; and they will answer to God for what they have done. The sad and angry minions of hell celebrate another victory against the family. Homosexuality is as a vulture that feeds on the carcass of dead civilizations; and so is a sign of our times. This important event deserves attention in today’s preaching.

   Let us begin reiterating clearly the Church’s position on homosexuality, which, as I have explained before, I shall henceforth call sodomy, its more truthful name, in memory of the city who bore God’s judgment for this sin. The Church, founded on natural law – meaning that her doctrine here is true for all persons in all times and in all places – states: same sex attraction is disordered, and the acts are intrinsically evil.

   The Church says this based on natural law, because it is proper for male and female, in this kind of love – I speak with slightly veiled language to the adults, who should know what I mean, as there are young and innocent ears among us – for male and female, in this kind of love, to have a finality, a purposefulness, found not in the same but the opposite. Only the union, as nature has designed for them, of male and female can bring about the “one flesh” and the procreation of children.

   But in addition to natural law, we have a series of condemnations of sodomy in divine revelation. The most striking, I think, is the obliteration of Sodom and Gomorrah for this sin (Gen 19). Of this event, St. Jude the Apostle writes in his brief epistle in the New Testament, “Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). In Leviticus we read, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” (Lv 18:22-23; cf. also Lv 20:13).

   St. Paul is especially clear in several places. To the Corinthians he writes, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor homosexuals” (1 Cor 6:9). He also states that the law is there to condemn not those who behave righteously but sinfully, including in his list of sins, “homosexuals” (1 Tim 1:9-10). Then there is the dramatic passage of Rom 1-2, where St. Paul describes the sinfulness of sinful gentiles – in later chapters he shall also accuse the Jews, laying the guilt of both Jew and gentile bare, only to show the great mercy of God for those who should seek it. In Rom 1:26-27, we read, “For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relation for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own person the due penalty for their error.”

   It is very sad that there are many Catholics, even clergy, who in their ignorance, sometimes obstinate ignorance, defend or even practice such abominations, and instead of conforming their minds to Christ and the Church, refuse to listen and befriend the disorder and sin of sodomy.

   How did we get this far in our society? It is simply the fruit of the past, as in time apple trees bear apples. There are remote causes, such as the secularism of the late renaissance, the rise of Freemasonry, the French Revolution, so-called illuminism, and especially theological Modernism. But there are more proximate causes. The agents of and participants in the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, whose foundations came in the decades prior, are now in places of politics, media, medicine and business, and they continue to do what they did when they were 18 or 22, and are now in a position to promote it more effectively than then. Furthermore, a contraceptive society reduces carnal intimacy to immediate self-satisfaction, and, with abortion, alienate it from marriage and procreation. And so, promiscuity, cohabitation, overwhelming impurity in the media, contraception, abortion, civil divorce and remarriage, and the general anti-Catholicism of our times, have brought us to this point.

   Indeed, when government took over marriage around the 18th century, it was directly an attack on marriage, indirectly an attack on the Church, and remotely a foundation for totalitarianism.

   For the family is the foundation of society. It is the first natural society of every person. It is where communion is irreplaceably learned, where the “I” transcends itself to the “we.” It arrests egotism and individualism because it brings a person out of himself; it arrests collectivism, because in a family each person is treated as an end and not as a means. Moral values, culture, even the legacy and traditions of a nation, are transmitted only in the family – no, not in state schools, pop media outlets or governmental bureaucracies. “The family does not exist for the state, but the state for the family.” And the State has obligations to serve the family, not a privilege to re-define it or destroy it. (cf. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, 213-214).

   Sodomy exists at the junction where anger and lust meet. For its lust, it is destructive of family, and of society. For its anger, it will not stop with the Supreme Court Injustice’s decision on Friday, June 26th, 2015. Until all of society falls on its knees in fearful adoration of sodomy, they will press on, and put no limit on their wrath. Brace yourselves. Natural law is replaced by civil mandate. Rights are replaced with regulations. What is man-made is preferred to what is given by God.

   Indeed, It is God who made man male and female; it is not up to man or governments to choose to be one or the other. When government usurps this role of God, then the state implicitly makes itself God, and hence, the author of all things, wealth, health, freedom and even of life and death.

   Today let us turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who now in heaven sheds tears for the sins of the world, that by her powerful intercession with God, she may turn this all around before a great catastrophe strikes; for all the evils of our time must be paid for. May God have mercy on us all. Amen.


 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
 

What it Means that God is the Creator

 

   Today I’d like to reflect very briefly on the verses we read from the Book of Job, in our first reading (38:1, 8-11). Based on them, I wish to meditate on God as Creator.

   But first, let us remember the cause of great joy for our parish this morning: that Bishop Cepeda is coming, and at the 12n Mass, he will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for our parish youth, which is the sacrament of being sealed by the Holy Spirit, and the sacrament of strengthening. [10am only: Also, one young parishioner today will receive his first communion, since circumstances kept him from doing so on the earlier day in May; I hope all we have said then about the Eucharist, as we did also on the feast of Corpus Christi, and more too on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, may stoke your heart to a fervent and devout communion.

   Also, before I proceed, Archbishop Vigneron has asked all the parishes to pray on the occasion of the violence in a Protestant Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Let us pray for the souls of the 9 who were murdered, for the perpetrator of this evil, for all those who lost a loved one because of it, for those agents of the media who will use even this to advance perverse agendas, and for peace in our country. We should also be aware that there are evil people in the world with malicious intent, and prudently discern them and how to deal with them. I find it hypocritical that our President denounces this act, but continues to abuse the Catholic Church at every chance he can get; Lord, have mercy on us, and protect your Church!

   Now, to our point about God as the Creator.

   The verses we read in the book of Job today come at the conclusion of a very long conversation between five people, Job, three friends, and another younger man. Job was not a Jew, but a gentile; the Jews nonetheless have considered him one of the great holy ones of the past. Afflicted with great sufferings, but unable to understand why, the conversation, consisting of many long, beautiful monologues in succession, explores the reasons for suffering. Of this main point of the book I won’t say more now, as it would lead us off track. But at the end of the debate, God himself speaks, and he questions Job: Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth, the numbers of the stars, and the borders of the sea? The question is really a reproach, and Job understood it clearly, as if God had said to him, “the mind of God is too high and great for you to understand, nor is God answerable to the angry interrogations of men.” And so Job repents.

   But the question is still there: Where were any of us when God made all things the way they are? We pray in the Creed, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” We say these words every Sunday, but rarely meditate on them to draw out their full consequence. For most people, in fact, the meditation on creation and God as creator can quickly turn dull or dry, for it is a very intellectual, and less emotional, kind of prayer.

   We mean that God made all things at the beginning of time – in the visible universe, and in the invisible universe of angels – but also that he makes all things now. Nothing is or moves in any way unless God causes it, directly or indirectly, by expressly willing it or by divinely permitting it. There is nothing outside the will of God.

   It is not easy to grasp this, especially in the face of mysteries such as suffering, evil or sin. But its difficulty in comprehension takes nothing away from its truthfulness: God is the omnipotent creator, and there is none other than He.

   Various fruits and consequences should come from our meditation upon God as creator. First of all, we can marvel at the beauty and harmony of creation, in all its parts, in its titanic powers in the galaxies and the delicate powers of motion in even the smallest living form. Contemplating the unity of the whole cosmos with the microcosms of so many things should fill the soul with admiration and joy, and is of itself a proof of the existence of God.

   But more fruit still can be found. If we are creatures of this Creator – for the word creature and creator have the same root, one being the agent and the other the subject – then we were all made for a purpose, a purpose thought of in the mind of the loving Father.

   Furthermore, we should see how very small we are in the vastness of the universes visible and invisible, and before the infinity of God. This should lead us to humility, to trust in God with peaceful abandonment. It should also show us how ridiculous the rebellion of our sins are, and how magnificently patient God is with our disobediences.

   More still, it should help us establish the right relationship both with our Creator and with other creatures. Some souls love creatures without loving the Creator. Some souls love Creatures, and they have some love for the Creator, but when put to it to choose, they will choose the creature over the creator. Some souls love the good and delightful qualities the Creator has put into other creatures, and thank him and praise him for is. Wiser souls still love creatures and always consider them, in their minds and hearts, in their own relationship to the Creator, and this helps them grow in holiness. The wisest souls, however, love the Creator, and the only interest they have in other creatures has to do with how they are all in God who made them. Where are each of us on this scale of relationships with Creator and other creatures around us?

   I conclude with the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, reflecting the perfect relationship every creature should have towards his Creator, said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” That is: obedience, and obedience with love. Mary did not get distracted loving the gifts and forgetting about the giver: She loved the Giver of the gifts, even in her own seven sorrows. May she intercede for us always. Amen.

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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