Rev. John A Sistare
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mass
"It's a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a wonderful day for this
neighbor, won't you be mine, could you be mine, won't you be my neighbor?"
Many of you recognize theses lines from the popular children show, "Mr.
Roger's Neighborhood'. Everyday on the show, Mr. Rogers would be visited by
Mr. Trolley. Mr. Trolley would come out and make a little noise and then off he
would go to the "Land of Make Believe.' The Land of Make Believe!
Why do I mention all this tonight? Well, it appears my brothers and
sisters, that our world, and in particular, our nation, is stuck in the land of
make believe! We as a nation need to come out of the land of make believe and
face reality fast! Look at all the violence and senseless acts of crime
committed just in the last month here in RI. Tonight I purposely picked out the
Visitation text so we can face reality with the help of Mary, our Mother.
Mary helps us face the reality of the sanctity of life. Recently our
Supreme Court defeated the ban on partial birth abortion. They, the 5 out of the
9 judges, have made it legal to abort a child who is perfectly healthy only
seconds from life outside the womb. The Land of Make Believe says that
we should have this procedure because of an undue burden placed upon the women.
Undue burden? The head of the child is all that needs to be delivered. The
reality is that there is no case in which a woman's health would warrant this
procedure. The reality is given to us by Mary as she sets out in haste to visit
her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary, a young, poor, unmarried, pregnant woman sets out
to see her elderly, pregnant cousin. Burden? Certainly, these two women were
burdened, but they saw their pregnancies as blessings, not burdens!
The Land of Make Believe would have us think that a blob of tissue
grows within the womb. The reality is that human life grows inside every
pregnant woman. Once again, we have to look no further than Mary and Elizabeth
to see that human life is within their wombs. John the Baptist leaps inside the
womb of Elizabeth. He leaps because he is aware of the presence of his savior in
the womb across from him. My brothers and sisters, blobs of tissue do not leap!
Human life leaps, and Mary points us to that reality!
The Land of Make Believe sees motherhood and pregnancy as a curse
or disease. Look at the titles of the organizations advocating abortion. "planned
parenthood", "zero population", etc… all see motherhood as a curse. In fact,
these two organizations recently protested outside Walmarts. Walmarts
rightly decided to not sell the morning after pill (i.e, abortifacient). The
reality is once again pointed out by Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth cries out in
a loud voice while Mary rejoices. The two see their pregnancies as blessings
from God and not burdens! They are filled with joy.
The Land of Make Believe would have us fall into despair at the
state of our country. The reality is that we are called to rejoice like Mary. We
are called to be full of joy. My brothers and sisters, the Victory has been won.
By the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Victory over sin and death
has been won. We still fight the good fight and persevere, but we must always
remember that the Victory has been won. Let us always be examples of the joy
that Mary had and go forth witnessing to the sanctity of life.