We had a fantastic second reading this morning after everything that has happened this week. For a refresher, read it here. Gal 5:1, 13-18. Freedom doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want. We were given freedom so that we can do the good. So that we can become fully what we were made to be.
Am I free to fly with my arms? Nope. Some day we may have the technology so that I can fly of my own accord, but that’s not what I was made to do. I am different from a bird, and no matter how much I desire to fly, no matter how happy it might make me, no matter what I want to do — if I jump off my balcony right now, I’m not flying. Freedom is not about doing what we want – it’s about doing what we ought.
For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;rather, serve one another through love.
Remember that wonderful priest I wrote about yesterday? He was filling in for the pastor today and he had a beautiful homily on marriage. A courageous homily about marriage. He simply defined what marriage was and explained how a homosexual couple cannot marry — not because we hate them, but due to the very nature and end of marriage. Simple. To the point. This is marriage. This is why we have marriage. The definition of marriage and the purpose of marriage is not whatever we want it to be.
He told the congregation that truth is the highest form of charity, and he was preaching the truth. He didn’t say homosexuals were going to hell. He didn’t speak of civil unions or federal benefits. He preached the truth about marriage.
It was a courageous homily. It was a packed church and there were many, many tourists sitting in those pews. Father didn’t know his audience, but he knew he had to preach the truth.
The woman in the pew next to me walked out in the middle of the homily. I think she yelled something once she got outside, but I couldn’t be sure. The server at Mass told me two others walked out as well.
I shook Father’s hand after Mass and thanked him. This is what we need to be hearing from the pulpit. The truth — in season and out of season, popular or unpopular. It’s time to preach.