FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
IT IS CRUNCH TIME – 2
October 5, 2015
Today’s gospel: Luke 10:25-37
Today we have the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. Here we see how the Samaritan treated the Jew who “fell victim to robbers” (v.30a). He “was moved with compassion at the sight” (v.33) and he “treated him with mercy” (v.37a). At the Synod, mercy and compassion will be recurring themes. And rightly so, since these are very Christian and holy virtues.
But mercy and compassion must not be misapplied. If these virtues are used to justify the irregular situations of those who are living in, who have divorced and remarried, or who are in same-sex unions, then this is false mercy. If it leaves people in their sin, or even make them comfortable in remaining in their sin, this is false compassion. Remaining in serious sin will keep people from making it to heaven.
Jesus was asked, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (v.25). Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?” (v.26). The scholar mentioned the two greatest commandments (v.27). Jesus then said, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” (v.28).
To live eternally, to make it to heaven, we must obey God’s law. God’s original design, Jesus’ teaching, the consistent teaching of our Church—all say that living outside sacramental marriage is serious sin, whether that is as an unmarried couple, or as a divorced and re-married person (unless the original spouse has died), or in a same-sex union.
So yes, we must extend mercy and compassion to the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized. But this cannot be at the expense of truth and God’s eternal law.
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