I may be naive, but why are so many people concentrating on whether the law of the land will force or interfere with the Church? Have we never read the Scripture where Gamaliel says of the Church: “If it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them”?–Acts 5.38-39.
Where is our faith? Are we so quick to forget last week’s Gospel reading from Mass when the disciples were certain they were to perish in the face of a horrible storm, but the Lord was asleep despite it all? Believing that the storm was something they should be worrying about and Jesus wasn’t doing enough, the disciples exclaimed to our Lord: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
But they were not perishing. They were in no danger. It was just a storm, and there are always violent storms on the Sea of Galilee. What was different about this storm? Nothing. The disciples were just panicking, playing the coward.
It was not just the sea and wind that got rebuked then. Jesus asked his disciples after rousing himself and calming the situation: “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”–Mark 4.35-41.
Where is the great empire of Rome that made the worship of Christians punishable by death? Did the Church ever cease to exist because any enemy rose up against it? Where is your faith? What attack came to be effective against God? None.
And since when is a legal recognition of marriage between same-sex couples an attack on the Church? We need to be very careful as Catholics that we are standing for righteousness and justice. While agreeing with the Church on its teachings regarding sexuality and marriage, we must do so humbly. Did we not burn St. Joan of Arc as a heretic because of jumping to wrong conclusions? Did not the Church in Austria recently ask forgiveness for the part it played in the Holocaust? Have we not noticed Pope Francis’ apology for how we wrongly persecuted the Waldensians? While I am not saying that the Church’s current teaching on homosexuality is wrong, what about our attitudes or reactions to this? We need to think twice so that we as a Church never again finds itself on the wrong side of history and have to apologize for demonizing and persecution of a group due to being wrongly judgmental. No one is attacking the Church. They are just getting legal civil marriages.
So what if it looks like a storm and that the Lord is “sleeping”? No one is perishing. If we were, do you not have the faith that God would step in?