Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 18, 2020 •
What belongs to God is God's. And you must return that to God.
Where do human beings get their value? Well, we have the image of God impressed upon us. And since we possess this image of God, what is our value? It comes from the Maker, the one Who decides the value. Since it's His own image, and He is infinite, then the value of a single human life is infinite....
If every human life is of infinite value because of the Creator, then we understand why abortion is so great an issue in our culture and in the world...
If there is a disagreement on this issue between - let's say - presidential candidates, and one candidate is worse in every other area, if he's more pro-life, you vote for him, or her. Because this one issue, as soon as its corrected socially and culturally and legally, can begin to heal all the wounds of society. Ultimately, disrespect for life and its inherent God-given value is the source of all social destruction and disorder.
Nothing else matters in comparison. Nothing else. ... We must pray, we must sacrifice, asking our Lord to show mercy upon our nation. Becase if this is not corrected, we, like every great nation in history, will have to be destroyed. ... So when we vote, we must first look at this in particular.
We also know that in God's great mercy, He can bring about healing and grace in the life of anyone has obtained an abortion or encouraged another to abort. The Lord can forgive any sin.
Is 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10, 1 Thes 1:1-5b; Mt 22:15-21
Homily begins at 17:15