OUR THEME FOR 2012 (Part 9): FAMILY AND LIFE

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

 

OUR THEME FOR 2012

(Part 9)

 

FAMILY AND LIFE

 

October 7, 2012

 

Today’s readings:

Genesis 2:18-24

Psalm 128:1-6

Hebrews 2:9-11

Mark 10:2-16

 

 

The fullness of life has to do with family. According to the plan of God, starting from  creation, God intended the family to be His instrument for life and for evangelization. Life is the most basic value and right, since if there is no life then there can follow nothing else. In turn, evangelization is crucial to ensure that that life is lived according to the very plan of God, to its fullest. Now the enemy knows this too, and tries to destroy what is of God.

We look at God’s plan from the very start. God takes a man and a woman, and brings them together in marriage (Gen 2:18,24), and lets them raise a family. The enemy opposes everything that is of God and tries to thwart God’s plan. He does this in different ways, all in total contradiction of God’s intent.

* Through homosexuality and even same-sex marriage. Jesus says that God’s design from the beginning was for only two sexes–male and female, not lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, etc. “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’” (Mk 10:6).

* Through divorce, or even convincing couples not to marry at all. Jesus says that the man and the woman come together in holy marriage, which no one can dissolve. “‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk 10:7-9).

* Through abortion. This comes with the mentality that children are unwanted. Due to the lack of social standing of children during Jesus’ time, even the disciples rebuked parents who were bringing their children to Jesus (Mk 10:13). Today’s society has brought such alienation and disdain for children to its ultimate degree, that of preventing them from even being born. But for Jesus, “he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” (Mk 10:16).

 

Today modern society has legalized abortion, divorce and same-sex unions. That is to be expected, unfortunately, of a secular humanist society that has embraced Modernism. However, what is appalling is that even some elements of the Church are no longer following God in His plan. Moses allowed divorce “because of the hardness of your hearts” (Mk 10:5). Today certain clerics and religious have become soft-hearted in seeing spouses suffer due to infidelity, abuse, etc., and so have embraced divorce. The disciples looked down on children and did not consider them fit to come to Jesus. Today many in the Church look on children as burdens and thus are unwanted, and so have embraced contraception, sterilization and even abortion.

What is needed today is clarity regarding God’s plan, a conviction that such plan has not changed, and boldness to defend and promote such plan. This is the task not only of clerics but of all of us who are true pro-lifers. We must be clear and firm in our teaching.

* No to divorce. “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk 10:9).

* No to remarriage for those who have divorced (and have not secured a declaration of nullity). “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mk 10:11-12).

* No to same-sex union/marriage. “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’” (Mk 10:6).

* Yes to holy Matrimony, a lifelong union of two into one. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” (Gen 2:24).

* Yes to the desirability of children, whom God loves so much. “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mk 10:14b).

* Yes to the blessings of a happy home. “Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, like olive plants your children around your table.” (Ps 128:3).

 

Such is the good news that we proclaim as we evangelize. Jesus came to save us, to restore us to fellowship with the Father, to bring us back firmly to God’s eternal plan. We “do see Jesus ‘crowned with glory and honor’ because he suffered death” (Heb 2:9a). Jesus died so that we might once again become part of God’s family. And “he is not ashamed to call (us) ‘brothers’” (Heb 2:11b).

What must we do? We choose life. We defend life. We celebrate life.

We look to Almighty God who is Creator, who has an eternal plan for us, and we live our lives in obedience to Him. “Happy are all who fear the Lord, who walk in the ways of God.” (Ps 128:1). When we do so, we can look to a good life, filled with joy and prosperity. “What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper.” (Ps 128:2). We can look to being blessed, down to the next generations. “May the Lord bless you from Zion, all the days of your life, that you may share Jerusalem’s joy and live to see your children’s children.” (Ps 128:5-6a).

Let us never forget: we are God’s children, and as such, we live in respect and obedience to the Father. Further, we are stewards of the children that God wants to bring into the world. We can never be for contraception, sterilization, abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage, all of which the enemy has designed to thwart God’s plan in bringing new life into the world.

Our response has eternal consequences. “Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (Mk 10:15).

 

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