Fr. Mike had a wonderful homily tonight at camp about the recent decision of the Supreme Court to not pass the Defense of Marriage Act, I will try to sum up some of his points with my own thoughts in a brief form. To read Cardinal Dolan’s response please visit here.
It greatly saddens me to learn of the court’s decision to not uphold the sacramentality and covenantal bonds of marriage. In today’s readings, we learn again of the way that the Holy Spirit is constantly working and guiding us. The first reading from Genesis, talks of the covenantal bond formed between Abraham and God, the symbol of which was children, descendants. Then in the Responsorial Psalm we hear again that “God remembers his covenant for ever.” Later in the Gospel we learn that we will know the False prophets of our times by their fruit.
First, what does the covenant have to do with anything? We as Catholics believe that marriage is a covenantal bond. It is one of the most intimate ways of a covenantal bond. Because a marriage is a covenant, there has to be an exchange and a sign. Part of the exchange is the vows that the couple makes in front of God and the community in a wedding. The other part is in the Marital Act itself. When a man and a woman give themselves freely and completely to each other in love and share their bodies with one another, the fruit of their love and gift of self is a child. Thus in the first reading, we learn that the covenant of Abraham and God, with the result being children which would number the stars in the sky.
In our current culture of death we look for pleasure and for happiness. We live in a world where we tolerate everything and forgive nothing. The false prophets of our time: birth control, abortion, sex without cost, pleasure, homosexual marriage. These things try to take us from Christ and cause division in our world. Just look at the fruit that they have given us. Nothing but violence, the destruction of family life and the pain and torment of divided families. True love is sacrificial, it is beneficial to both parties and is freely given. Look at Jesus on the cross. That is real and sacrificial love. The church has always stood up for and promoted the dignity of each human being. She also is there always pointing to Christ and his message of love. Marriage has and will always be something of great importance to the church, there are countless more reasons why, then what I have discussed here briefly. I stand for the defense of marriage as a sacramental, and covenantal bond between one man and one woman and for the children, that is the family that comes forth from the two’s love. May God have mercy on our country and our souls and may the church always continue to stand up for religious freedom and the dignity of each and every individual. I pray that one day America will stand true to the values she was founded upon and give God the glory and praise that He deserves.
+In His Mercy,