Homily by Deacon Jay:

Today my brothers and sisters we continue to examine and pray our way through the Fair Well Discourse that Jesus gave after the last supper to His disciples.  Jesus has been urging His disciples, you and me, to love all those around us a sign of our love of Him.  Today He warns us that there is no guarantee that we will be loved in return.  If they hated such a loving person as Jesus so bitterly, even to the point of crucifixion,……. we cannot expect to be treated differently.

Today’s gospel is speaking to us loud and clear.  Jesus said: “If the world hates you realize that it hated me first.”  Christ knew what he was saying.  And the reason that we will be hated is because we will refuse, we must refuse to identify ourselves with the values and priorities of the secular world.  The world of moral relativism, of situational ethics is incompatible with Christianity.  We have seen the decline of marriage, the rise of abortion, pornography, six states and the District of Columbia now have assisted suicide laws.

The most terrible thing to happen to Christians is for us to be  loved by the world; it is a sign that we have become part of it.  “No,” says Jesus, “I chosen you out of the world because of that they hate you.”

Rome was not built in a day, but it was destroyed in just a few……………………  Secularism may sometimes appear to be making ground, but remember this: it is built on quick sand.  Christianity will always take its time because it is always harder to create a culture of life than it is to dig a culture of death.  And Christianity is not about time, it’s about one life at a time.

Saint Pope John Paul II said “that true freedom is not doing what we like, but having the right to do what we ought.”