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Gospel Reflections for July 9

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 9, 2017 —Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 11:25-30
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Mark Twain remarked: “It's amazing what God lets man get away with when lightning is so cheap.” Twain could state important truths with a sense of humor. This holiday weekend, we can be proud of our great country, but we should also listen to Twain.

 Our Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self‑evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Sadly, many in our government, in our courts, in education, and in the media attack life, liberty, and an essential source of happiness–the family.

Many Americans are unaware of the vicious attacks on human life in our nation. Every year, more than one million children are aborted. Euthanasia is encouraged. Peter Singer, praised as the “most influential living philosopher” by the New Yorker, states: “The notion that human life is sacred just because it’s human is medieval.” Singer argues that when a child has Down Syndrome or other handicaps, parents should be free to kill the child within 28 days after birth.

Finally, the family, so necessary for happiness, is being undermined. When the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the majority stated that defining marriage as between one man and one woman “humiliates,” “demeans,” and “seeks to injure.” He thereby claimed that those who define marriage as it has always been understood are biased, and should have their freedoms restricted.

Still, where there is God, there is hope. It’s amazing, as Mark Twain said, what God lets man get away with. But today’s Gospel proclaims that God is gracious. Jesus tells us, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, ...and you will find rest for yourselves.” Let’s pray for our nation, and share with others the truth of Christ, whose yoke truly brings “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Read last week's reflection.