Nick/ Michelle/ All–
I saw the recent post concerning jury duty…
…and I was a bit concerned by the direction of Michelle’s answer. I sent a follow-up question to her asking what she would say if…
…"suppose one decides to skip jury duty and chooses to give to God what is God’s by going to the AM Mass, visiting the Blessed Sacrament at lunch, and then going to the PM Mass… would that still be “grave” matter?..
…so, I hope she posts that follow-up.
For all, I have several thoughts, which you may take of leave as you wish.
On the matter of “is it grave matter to miss jury duty”, I respond as follows.
(1). Give to God what is God’s.
(2). If it turns your stomach to sit participate in the same system that legalizes homosexual marriage, says it is OK to murder an 8-month 27-day old baby in a mother’s womb, and legalized prostitution, (and so on, with the endless of list of strange “judicial” rulings), then I am CERTAIN that Jesus Christ, our Lord God and Saviour, will understand COMPLETELY.
(3). Here is one sure-fire, guaranteed way to make SURE you never get picked to be seated on a jury. They will give you a questionaire. One of the questions will say something like “is there any reason why you feel you would or would not be a good juror”. Well, to that simple question, just write the God’s honest, plain-English, orthodox Catholic truth-- say “I believe in Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, I believe life begins at conception, I believe the direct abortion is an intrinsically evil and absolutely morally wrong in all cases, I believe that homosexual sex acts are morally wrong, I believe in Natural Law, and I believe in serving the law of God over the law of humankind.” If you write that, I can virtually guarantee that you will NOT ever be seated on a jury in the USA.
(BTW, if I do happen to turn out to be wrong on this point, and one DOES gets seated on a jury even after writing the beliefs above, then I will be VERY happy because it will be a Holy Day indeed when the US Judicial “system” respects such moral underpinnings.)
(4). Know that Christ knows all and sees all. If you feel like jury duty is a waste of time and feel that praying the Rosary would be a much better use of your time, then I am sure that the Virgin Mother and her Holy Son will smile on you from Heaven.
(5). I resepect Michelle’s replies always, she is generally a GREAT apologist. And, I do think that she has A point. Sloth for sloth’s sake will never win the day. However, if you are like many, those who are tired of servitude in a system that spurns the Truth of Christ, then you may do better to pray for the souls of all and remember that you too are a pilgrim.
(6). Finally, and most noteworthry-- THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TODAY OR ANY DAY THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CELBRATING THE HOLY SACRIFICE AND SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST. THIS IS THE SINGLE, MOST SIGNIFICANT, BEAUTIFUL GIFT AND HONOR FOR ALL HUMANKIND. IT WILL REMAIN AS SUCH FOR ETERNITY. THANK THE LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST.
How about this for a thought-- the next time I am “asked” by the government to “serve jury duty”, I will simply ask myself a simple question-- Do I have anything better to do?
That’s it. I just thought I should offer my thoughts.
May the Lord give you his peace.