In today’s homily from Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier talks about how we as a society have turned away from God and rejected His commandments, which, by doing so we have also rejected His moral law. Now it is no secret to anyone who reads this blog, that I certainly agree with that but I know there are many who will argue this is not so.
So let me ask some questions, if we haven’t then why do we think it is okay to kill innocent babies? I know, it is because life doesn’t begin until the baby is actually born, at least that is what the justification of the pro-choice believes. But this isn’t yet another argument against abortion, instead it deals with how we have turned things around, now believing what was once wrong, is now right.
Read today’s reading, Luke 11: 14 – 23, and the message is that those who once believed have turned to believing in Satan, that Satan controls what is going on. Jesus heals a dumb man, and those around him think it is the power of Satan which Jesus uses to do this. They have effectively come to believe that Satan rules. We have done the same thing.
Our Gospel for today’s Mass (Luke 11:14-23) presents us with a sobering invitation to an examination of conscience. It is the story of the healing of the man who was unable to speak. After this healing, St. Luke recounts the reaction of some who experienced it in these words, “the mute man spoke and the crowds were amazed. Some of them said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.” Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
Failure to turn from sin can cloud our own vision. It can even lead us to the place revealed in the Gospel account where, those who purported to be religious attribute the things of God to the things of the devil.- Catholic Online
In the case of abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, we have justified to ourselves that it is okay to remove those who are unwanted or no longer useful to society, we have turned the moral law around to what Satan believes. We have come up with so many justifications as to why we can do things which were once considered wrong, that we no longer have a clear moral compass.
Let me ask you this, how can you justify taking another’s life just because they are no longer wanted, no longer useful? Why is it okay for us to say it is wrong for someone like Hitler or Stalin to kill millions of people because they felt that certain segments of their populations were no longer useful, or wanted, but it is okay for us to do the same? I will let this audio Was Hitler Right? by John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society explain it better than I can, take the time to listen.
I wont tell you that you need to have God in your life, or that any society needs Him, I will leave that up to you, but imagine what can happen when we remove Him. Wait, we don’t have to, we already have.