Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario
St Mary Star of the Sea
Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes
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Matthew 21:33-41 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
There is a great spiritual lesson here. We are not owners of this world, we are tenants. Actually, we don't own anything that is ours. Our very being, our mind, our creativity, indeed, each breath we draw is a gift from God. Nature and the world around us is a gift from God. We don't own it. The more we recognize that all is gift, the more grateful our heart will be and the more grateful we are, the more we will be generous, loving and joyful. The more we see ourselves as stewards of God's gifts., the happier we will be and the greater the peace we will all experience. Such is the kind of life that god looks for in us and brings him pleasure.
Our secular culture makes every effort to marginalize God. If we can take God out of the picture, we ourselves can be owners and controllers of the universe, of nature, our own bodies, of our own minds. If there is no God, we can do whatever we want, whenever we want and however we want. When we think it is alright to kill the unborn as many people here in Canada now do, we lose any credibility we may have in speaking out against the most heinous atrocities and violent acts against the vulnerable and the innocent as we see happening every day in our media, because we really act no differently. Like the tenants in the Gospel story we just can't see it. That is why we need to do everything we can to awaken the consciences of all who remain silent, who do nothing or even think that abortion is a human right. Human life is sacred. Abortion is not a right, but a wrong that needs to be righted. God expects justice, not bloodshed.
It is a terrible illusion, a great lie, to believe that we are the owners of our own life. Our lives have been given to us so we might serve God's purposes. We are not owners, but stewards of the goods of this world, including our own mind and our body.
To read the full homily, click on Father Neil's Homily from October 5 2014.
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