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What is the lesson of the Gospel today?

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

September 27, 2020 •

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...when you take an oath, obviously, God honors that oath, and He bestows special graces and blessings upon you. But if you break that oath, you also get special punishments that other people don't get. That's why we make the oath.

That's why it's worse to perjure yourself in court, as opposed to just tell a lie outside of court. We, as parents, as catechists, as teachers of the Faith, want to take this oath to keep us firm in faith. And as St. Paul said in our second reading to the Philippians, he said that we, the people of God, must be of the same mind and the same love. He said we must be united in heart, thinking one thing. It’s a very clear statement on the faith. As Catholics, we think one thing, one Truth.

That is the gospel as it has come down to us in the Catholic Church. And if I'm not willing to think that one thing, then I shouldn't be Catholic, right? I either need to convert my thoughts to those of the Church to those of the Lord, or I need to find a religion that works for me. So I think it's very appropriate then to ask you this question. And I'm never a big fan of talking about politics. I think most of you know that, but it's appropriate. Inevitably, I have to do it, especially with the upcoming election. So I want to speak to you about Catholic Joe Biden.

Could he, honestly, stand here with us today and make the profession of faith and the oath of fidelity?

Ez 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-5, 8-9,10,14; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32

Homily begins at 17:25 and includes the introductory remarks concerning the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity taken on Catechetical Sunday. It lends context to the homily.

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