Today, Fr. Steve talks about two recent books in the context of the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church: Fr. James Martin, S.J.'s Building a Bridge and his brother, Dan Mattson's Why I Don't Call Myself Gay. Fr. Steve addresses forthrightly the challenges, temptations, and responsibilities of preachers today when addressing the questions that arise around matters "LGBT."
In his homily, Fr. Steve talks about the context of the First Martyrs of the Roman Church, and states that the issues today are like unto those of the First Century. Here is a quote from an important book that addresses that First Century context in which the Gospel was preached and Christians were hated:
Though Christian morality promoted genuine self-emptying love and was positive for society, it nonetheless set Christ’s people against the prevailing culture. Romans did not like being told that some of their favorite activities were displeasing to the Christian God, and they pushed back. Still today, proponents of sexual immorality are not content to practice their ways behind closed doors; they demand public approval. In the first century, when Christians refused to approve, they became enemies of humanity itself in the Roman mind. (Rueger, Matthew W. Sexual Morality in a Christless World (Kindle Locations 721-725). Concordia Publishing House. Kindle Edition.
After communion, Fr. Steve offers some additional reflections about what motivated his preaching today.
p.s. There is, in the end of the day, no need to fear. God is in charge, and He is allowing this confusion to continue, but will one day bring the needed clarity to the Church's message about these matters. The unchanging Truth of the Church will again, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, be acknowledged as the Good News that it was in the First Century. Come, Holy Spirit!
p.p.s. One final note: the real "bridge" between the Catholic Church and those who experience same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria is the type of support that the Courage apostolate offers to those, like my brother Dan, who want help living chastely.