When St. John the Baptist admonished Antipas for marrying his brother’s wife, he threw him in prison. Then, during a drunken orgy, he acquiesced to his wife and had him beheaded. Thus St. John sealed his prophetic ministry with his life’s blood. Yet it was not an ending, but a beginning.
Over the centuries since St. John’s beheading, countless Catholics have also stuck their necks out for what they believe. Indeed, the number of martyrs who have died for their faith goes into the millions. Many of them were ordinary people like you and me. Some of them were toddler, others were elderly people in the late nineties. Yet all of them died heroically for Christ and their deaths were not in vain.
Our current times call for us to also rise and admonish our leaders. Our president has pulled the wool over the eyes of many different people. Some people were suckered by his charisma. Others believed that there would be some real change. Yet what we have is nothing more than the same old, same old and then some.
The current health care bill is a monstrosity. Committees which decide who counsel people to choose death is a scary idea. What Hitler and Stalin could not come up with, the people around Obama have. I’m sure that nationalized healthcare would be nice, but we need a healthcare system that respects life and people’s choices. I
t is not the government’s business to force people to kill themselves. It is a choice that cannot be made in good conscience. Suicide, medical or otherwise, is something that is not condoned by God. It is murder and murder cannot be condoned by the Church for whatever reason. Yet here we have a government that is interested and willing to spill innocent blood for its own agenda. While there are many who will stand for this, there are hundreds of others who do not.
The current protests today show how dissatisfied people have become with the current state of affairs. In fact, people are protesting because they are scared. They are seeing where our country is going and they cannot do anything about it except speak up. By speaking up, they are making themselves heard and that is all that our leaders need to hear.
In this time for turbulence, it is important for us to remember the lesson of St. John the Baptist’s martyrdom. When we are faced with situations that the Church does not approve of, it is our duty before God to admonish the sinner and to explain to him or her that their choice is wrong. If it is done with charity and love, it is a Work of Mercy. Now more than ever we should stand up for what we truly believe in. What are we waiting for?
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. John the Baptist, pray for us!