Homily, 10-24-22; Monday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time:
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
Do we strive to be beloved children of God—to be His imitators? St. Paul tells us that immorality and impurity should not be mentioned among us. That obscenity or silly or suggestive talk is out of place.
When Jenni and I went through a significant conversion back in 1973, our lives changed. Our children noticed. My coworkers and my friends at the time noticed. Conversations around the lunch table at work became a little awkward and strained at times as some of the topics of discussion and of jokes were no longer suitable to me, and fortunately my coworkers respected my new-found values. We were no longer invited to the parties that we used to enjoy because we would be wet blankets and spoil the fun. I still struggle with lapses into silly and suggestive talk that is out of place, especially for a deacon.
Our direction to avoid immorality and impurity makes it difficult to watch TV or go to the movies. We were watching a British series over the internet called Murdoch Mysteries set in Toronto at the end of the 19th century. It was a cute and fun show. And then after several years of the series, the writers decided that one of the main characters was gay and this became a minor theme of the show. And so we no longer watch Murdock Mysteries. We also like to watch some of the house hunter shows. But quite often, now-a-days, the house hunting couples are gay. The percentage of gay house hunters on these shows is greater than the percentage of gay people in the country. The broadcasters are forcing the gay agenda upon us. We skip the episodes with the gay couples. I am very uncomfortable when they take the tour though the master bedroom.
And of course there is fornication in just about every sitcom and every drama on TV or at the movies. It is presented as matter of fact of normal life. And so it is a constant struggle to keep ourselves clear of the immorality and impurity that is among us. And it’s even more difficult to protect our children and grandchildren from growing up with a distorted image of normal behavior.
But we must fight the good fight because our inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God is at stake. Do not become numb and complacent to the evils around us. We are called to be different. Let us be like points of light that people take notice of. Paul leaves us with these words today: “Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”