Speak the Truth In Love

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I am sharing this marvelous homily by Fr. Edward Meeks. Fr. Meeks is the pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Towson, MD. Christ the King is formerly an Anglican parish, but the parish converted to Catholicism in 2012, joining the Anglican “ordinariate” of those who desire to be Catholic but worship in the Anglican traditions. Not all of the members of Christ the King opted to become Catholic. Some left the parish, while others continue to worship there, still discerning. Others who had left when the parish was Anglican have come back now that it is Catholic.

Fr. Meeks’ sermon is from Pro-Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October every year. His message is one of standing for the truth, but doing so while walking in love with others. Objective truth, the truth, has largely been abandoned by our contemporary culture. Fr. Meeks attributes this, rightly, to our rejection of God and of the gospel. He quotes G. K. Chesterton: “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.”

That is where we are as a culture. People are willing to believe anything. They are willing to believe that men are women and women are men, that men can become pregnant, that riots are peaceful protests, that a worldwide pandemic is a government hoax, that a pathetic jobs report signifies economic progress, that a human being is not a person, and a person can be a cat. People today, in particular, believe that right is wrong, that wrong is right, and that there is no objective truth, only my truth and your truth.

Take the time to listen to Fr. Meeks’ sermon. Let’s take to heart his message and prepare ourselves to stand for the truth against the lies our culture tells, and to walk in love with the many who are trapped, imprisoned by a culture of death and relativity, a “throw away culture,” that we may bring Christ to them and them to Christ.

Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.

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