October 18, 2020
Fr. John Mary’s homily discusses the issue on how we are to be good citizens IN the world without being OF the world. By putting God’s law before man’s law, we not only become good Christian citizens, but an example to others to live their lives in LOVE and TRUTH.
- There is a balance in life to maintain our obligations as a citizen and remain a child of God.
- We must recognize the difference between God’s law and the laws of the state, God’s law always takes precedence.
- Our Catholic faith helps us distinguish foundational issues (non-negotiable and can never be sacrificed) from secondary issues (important but flexible).
- Foundational issues have first priority and belong to God. Secondary issues, or prudential issues, have more than one solution.
- Through our prayers and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we can evangelize our fundamental Catholic principles to others.
- LEARN from faithful sources, LISTEN with sincerity and understanding and speak the truth in LOVE.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives a simple answer to a trick question, “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Jesus is clarifying the order we need in putting first things first.
As a Catholic citizen, living in today’s world, one of our obligations when voting is to follow three main points: put God’s law above man’s law, prioritize between foundation issues and prudential, or secondary issues, and help others put first things first by following what St. Paul tells us, “speak the truth in love.” The best thing we can give to our government and others is voting with the moral clarity that our Catholic faith gives us.