Rev. John A. Sistare
23rd Sun. B : Sept. 10, 2000
"The Partiality Problem"
I would imagine the holiday of Thanksgiving has a lot of pleasant
memories for most of you. We can probably all agree that there is always a great
deal of food and that great meal always climaxes with a pie or two. In fact, if
you have a family like mine, both grandmothers make a pie, not to mention momma
always has one too. So what do you do when offered a piece of their pies? Why
not do what I do, have a little of both, showing no partiality (Of course there
is always a little room for momma’s too!).
St. James was certainly not speaking of showing no partiality towards
who’s pie to eat. However, he was addressing the issue of no partiality towards
the poor and the rich. Why? The simple fact, that in Christ Jesus, there is no
partiality. Both rich and poor are made in the image and likeness of God and as
such are created equal in their dignity. They are equal in the eyes of their
Creator. That is why St. James was reminding the early Christians that there is
to be no favoritism or partiality among them.
Today, we have a partiality problem of our own. Perhaps not so much with
the poor and rich, but we have a problem in another area. It has been the hot
topic in the papers, on TV, in political debates, etc... My brothers and
sisters, abortion is our partiality problem. God has made both the baby in the
womb and the mother in His image and likeness and as such they are created equal
in the eyes of God. However, we hear in our day, a "woman has the right to
choose." You know what we are to say to people who claim that as a right?
Choose what? We need to finish the sentence for them. I had a mother
approach me last week after I preached another pro life homily. She said that
her 4 year old child said to her after Mass... "mommy, babies grow in the
tummy." Out of the mouths of babes!!! If a 4 year old can understand this
basic truth then we as adults should be able to grasp it as well. I am all for
choice. In fact, God made us with a free will so that we can choose what we
want. I love to make a choice between what type of pasta I will eat. However, if
my choice will hurt or even kill another innocent human being, than that choice
is wrong. We must love both the child and the mother. We are pro
woman and pro child!
You may also hear some people crying out for exceptions. Perhaps you
heard some say... "What about the health of the mother?" Let me first say
that the Church teaches that we try to save them both. She never places one life
over another. She says save them both but we can never directly take the life of
one to save the other. Furthermore, we live in an age when modern technology is
so great that this case is practically non existent. They have procedures where
they can operate on the child in the womb now. Don’t take just my word on this,
here is what the former surgeon general, C-Everett Koop, has said about the
situation of the ‘life of the mother" in regards to the necessity of partial
birth abortion. "Partial - birth abortion is never medically necessary to
protect the mother’s health or her further fertility. In fact, the procedure can
significantly threaten the mother’s health or ability to carry future children
to term." He acknowledges that there is no case in which the health of the
mother would warrant the need for a partial birth abortion. If you don’t take my
word or even his, here’s what Kate Michelman, head of NARAL (National Abortion
and Reproductive Rights Action League) says in last weeks Providence Journal.
"Most women have abortions because they want to be successful mothers." She
was speaking of her own abortion she had in 1970 after he husband left her with
three children. She said the abortion was necessary for her "family’s
survival." So even the head of one of the biggest abortion supporters
acknowledges that "health of the mother" is not why most women have abortions.
If a woman’s health was in danger in the last three months when the child is
viable, then why not deliver the child C- section? The bottom line is that
abortion hurts the mother as well as the child. No partiality! We love both the
child and the mother.
Why are we so concerned about showing no partiality and loving both the
children and the women? We love them both because Our Lord and Savior hung upon
a Cross and died for us ALL! He showed no partiality and died out of love for
all of humanity. In fact, he died so that sins may be forgiven. Here, there is
also no partiality. ANY SIN committed and confessed in the
sacrament of confession can be absolved if the penitent is repentant. No
partiality! He loves babies in the womb, mothers, fathers, poor, rich, etc....
Jesus has no partiality and died so that we may all have life. May we go forth
and love everyone as Jesus loves, with an unconditional, total, and universal
love. God Bless you all.