Follow Jesus, not human tendencies


“[O]ur Lord said nothing at all about homosexuality.” So says Father Richard McBrien (March 10, The Catholic Messenger).  Short response: He didn’t have to.

Longer response: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). The Church has from the very beginning taught that Jesus is as fully human as he is divine (and vice versa).  

One’s life consists of actions as well as words. If one disputes that, even as it applies to Jesus, we could have a long conversation. What did Jesus do, then, that applies to homosexuality?  Jesus suffered and died to redeem every last human being and we are to love with a spiritual love each person for that reason, but he blessed and sanctified one, and only one, form of sexual union (John 2:1-11).

 We purport to follow Jesus. Why then don’t we do that, meditating on and following his life rather than our own human and largely secular predispositions?


George Mullally

Iowa City

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