Monday, January 27, 2014

Unity for Catholics in the USA: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, January 27th, 2014

            Last night I heard a great talk at the Guiding Star dinner.  In it, Jayson Jones—the keynote speaker—observed about politics that we have a lot in common.  No matter the political party, we all want students to get a good education, for people to be safe and well fed and healthy.
            At the same time, our political system in the United States is as polarized as you can get.  The risk for us is for this division to seep into our Church.  Yet we must remember the words of Jesus, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
            Frequently moral issues divide us—often because they are split politically between Democrats and Republicans.  In the face of such division, we must be one.  And we can be one because the Church proclaims the truth in the Good News of Jesus Christ. 
            Holding fast to our teachings is a tricky business, especially when it comes to voting.  But in our daily lives, our assent to Christ’s teaching through his Church will keep us united.

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