sexuality is a tremendous gift from God. we don’t know why some people have a same sex attraction, but right now all the experts say is that is what happens, and they officially call that condtion “normal.”
As a Church, we have a long way to go in living up to the gospel message, such as when Paul (I think) writes that we should help carry each other’s burdens. right now, the Church does not seem to hold out much help, to help carry the burdens of those who are SSA.
I’ve been reading Jewish scripture commentaries for a couple years now, and they have a way of explaining things that are very powerful for being spiritually uplifting. When we get comfortable with any form of sinfulness that we excuse ourselves for, we have to realize how damaging that is to our relationship with God. And, as strong and specific as our temptations are, our desire to be on an acceptable footing with God should be as strong, or really, stronger than our individual passions. That is the truth for all people in all places in all circumstances. That is the message of the Torah for Jews and of the gospel for all Christians.
So, the situation may be that, at first, the difference between one’s feelings and one’s conduct may be almost nothing, but one should begin by drawing a line that he/she will not cross, and then building a wall on top of that line as time goes by, to keep oneself separated from the conduct and lifestyle that one feels drawn to.
It may be a struggle hour by hour, day by day, etc. Jesus said that the path to eternal life in God is hard to find and hard to travel, and the gate to eternal life is narrow. So, that is what each one of us, everyone of us, is confronted with.
In Jewish and Christian thought, there are unique but parallel concepts of what Catholics term the universal call to holiness.
These are based on Dt 6:4 ff and on Mk 12:30 where Jesus says [the greatest commandment is] “you shall love the LORD your God with all you heart, with all your soul, with all you mind, and with all your strength.”
The Jews explain that each successive term is more difficult than the preceding, so that loving God with all our soul is more difficult than loving God with all our heart. So, then, you have to start by loving God with all your heart (includes an active prayer life) and then move on to a level of loving God with all our soul (which means loving God even to the point of losing our life), loving God with all our mind ( which Jesus added, to expand the command in Dt 6:4) etc. Loving God with all our strength Judaism interprets as meaning to love God with all our resources, including money, or in other words, even all our money.
So, God’s standards for EVERY person are very high. Easy? No. But, don’t give up on the Church without realizing what you have IN the Church and what God is calling each person, in love, to do and to be. And, it is because each person including you have been made in the image and likeness of God Himself.
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