Brothers and sisters,
Last weekend we heard the callings of Samuel and Andrew and Peter among the disciples and this weekend we hear the callings of Jonah and James and John which followed after the calling of Andrew and Peter. Clearly we have our reminders to discern God’s calling in each of our lives and respect the calling of God (as well as the process) in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Each calling is unique because each person is unique and we rejoice in the diversity of gifts and callings all for the common good as well as the good of the individual, which the Lord always has in heart and mind. Mark’s Gospel, depicted by a lion, has our Lord active in the proclamation: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” The Lord also works through the process of history, and we are in the final age before the Lord’s return in glory and the end of the world as we know it. This is the time of repentance, listening to the Word of God, and proclaiming it in word and action.
We are grateful for members of the Body of Christ and all the people of good will that have gathered for four decades patiently and persistently in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere proclaiming respect for each unique human being. Each human being has a divine destiny that we are obliged to respect as fellow children of God. This is a human and justice issue as well as a moral obligation, but it is first a human issue. Science and reason as well as common sense and revelation all work together to point to the dignity of each human being. The contradiction of so-called laws that callously disregard this reality and create confusion with laws grounded in humanity, natural law, and reason continues to undermine our legal system by introducing inherent contradictions into our culture. As our Popes have repeated, treating each human being justly and with dignity is necessary for peace. This applies to all people without exception. We pray for the grace to witness to this in sometimes difficult circumstances and when we fail, we pray for the grace humbly to repent and renew our efforts.
In Christ, son of Mary,