#20: May Those Who Live in Darkness See the Light!
As the Fifth Sunday of Lent has passed, we begin a transition into a darkness that is soon to be followed by light. The story shifts from understanding the temptations of Jesus and the miracles he performed that prove to the non-believers (who, I believe it was Charlie’s friends in Charlie the Unicorn encouraged us to shun) that he truly is the Son of God. Over the last two Sundays, I have listened to the Gospel account of the raising of Lazarus and the curing of the blind man, two Gospel passages that truly show Jesus the miracle-worker.
But now, we move closer to the darkness, and we shift into Palm Sunday, listening to the Passion account where Jesus was brought into Jerusalem to confront his fate.
As twenty-somethings in today’s society who are in tune with our own understanding of the Gospel, I feel at times we exist in the darkness that is Jesus’s persecution. Especially now, we seem to be on the dark end, the unpopular end, of a great debate in our society. Recently, pressure has been put on our Congresspersons to provide contraceptives to women free of charge and free of co-payment, and that this coverage must be available to all women, even those who work for the Church. Now, something like this directly opposes Church doctrine.
As the book of Genesis states:
“Judah said to Onan, ‘Go in to your brother’s wife, and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.’ But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also” (Gn 38:8-10)
So, we have this Church doctrine. Put it together with a single statement from the First Amendment of the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”
I REST MY CASE. WHY IS THERE EVEN DEBATE ON THIS????? Forcing a religious institution to provide something which directly goes against one of its fundamental elements is obviously prohibiting the free exercise of said religion.
May we continue to be strong even as our political leaders prove to be weak. May they, who are stuck in the darkness that is the modern society in which we live, see the light and truly realize what needs to be done in our world.
PS. WE’RE HALFWAY THERE WITH <2 WEEKS TO GO.