Twenty-seventh Sunday B
In today’s Gospel text Christ confirms that marriage is between a man and a woman and it comes from God, not man, and that it is permanent and indissoluble: “What God has joined, man must not separate”. (Mk 10:6-9). God wants the bond to be permanent, in view of respecting each other and protecting life. The second reading (Hebrews 2: 9-11), challenges partners to be faithful to each other up to death as Christ did for the Church.
Despite Christ’s declaration of the indissolubility of marriage, about 43% of marriages in U.S.A. end in divorce. Nevertheless, The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death…… Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents…” (CCC nos. 2384, 2385). Actually, divorce sets a bad example to children.
Crime and substance abuse are strongly linked to fatherless households. About sixty percent of rapists grew up in fatherless homes, as did about 72 percent of adolescent murderers, and about 70 percent of all long-term prison inmates. In fact, many of the social problems disrupting American life today, including poverty and abortion, can be traced to divorce.
However, God still loves divorced people. They should not despair but continue to pray to him and to fulfill their responsibilities. The entire community should assist divorcees in their struggles.
Nevertheless, marital faithfulness and fruitfulness remain two of the key characteristics of marriage. This implies that marriage is for the promotion of life not destruction of it. Hence, God’s commandment: “Thou shall not murder”. (Ex 20:13). Abortion, Euthanasia or mercy killing, suicides and any other form of murder are directly against God’s commandment. Humans, like Eve and Adam, have turned themselves into God and authorized themselves to decide who should live and who should die.
Since the Roe Vs Wade decision of January 22 1973, would be mothers, created to protect life, have aborted about 60m babies in the U.S.A. alone!
They have thereby aborted God’s plans for those babies. God says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you”. (Jeremiah 1: 5). The Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2272, concludes that abortion is a mortal sin, and it brings an automatic excommunication from the Church upon those who procure it, perform it, or cooperate in it.
Even International Law forbids the killing of innocent, defenseless people. Abortion, even of babies conceived out of wedlock, is the killing of an innocent, defenseless child in its safest abode by its own mother, mostly for selfish motives, like reputation, and economic wellbeing. Yet abortion harms also women physically, emotionally, psychologically, socially and spiritually.
If it is justifiable to kill unwanted children by abortion, then the old, the sick, the handicapped, the mentally ill, and the retarded can also be killed. This is the dangerous pro-choice principle, which led to Hitler’s Holocaust. It also leads to suicide, which is luck of trust in God. In U.S.A., suicide takes over 30,000 lives annually!
In Conclusion:
1) Let us respect marriage and life from conception to natural death, for obedience to God and love of neighbor.
2) Let us not pretend to know everything about our future and the future of others so as to determine who should live and who should die. Even those who were worried about overpopulation are beginning to discover that there might be other planets where people can live. Moreover, countries with big populations and appropriate technologies will soon be the economic powers.
3) Let us influence the government to make anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia and anti-Physician-assisted suicide laws.
4) We need to give real care, support and assistance to mothers with unplanned pregnancies, contemplating abortion.
5) The Church welcomes and forgives women who have truly repented of the abortions they made.
6) As we celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord, let us imitate Him and be ready to die for others rather than kill them.
7) Lastly, young people, if you want durable marriage and respect for human life, consider seriously, the religiosity of your future partner.