- Wife: (from the kitchen) How do you make a whiskey sour?
- Me: (silence...)
- Wife: (returning to living room minutes later with a drink)
- Me: You figured it out? What did you do?
- Wife: I mixed equal parts.
- Me: ...of all three ingredients?
- Wife: ...<i>three</i> ingredients?
I’ve noticed a lot of high church Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Anglicans on Tumblr who are interested in ecclesiastical finery and beautiful liturgy, and also post an alarming amount of homoerotic—and often downright pornographic—content. This says two things, one about those sects, and one about homosexuality.
About those sects, it is a continued testament to the license that they give themselves, first to interpret the Holy Scriptures in a way that condones their lifestyles rather in a manner that calls them to conform their lives to a new standard, and secondly to ignore the testimony of the Church Fathers on the subject of sexual ethics and morality. You can only create so many novelties about the word arsenokoites. They have conformed themselves to the image of the world, rather than to that of God.
Regarding homosexuality, it is a clear sign that sensuality and lust play a primary—and therefore perverted—role for those who are involved in it. Were it a normal, healthy manifestation of sexuality intended by God, it would still demand chastity, purity, and a quieting of concupiscence and lust. Yet we see the opposite. Sensual and suggestive (and often pornographic) images are posted alongside photos of Solemn Masses and paintings of Our Lady. There is no attempt to foster the virtue of chastity, but rather it is mocked.
Increasingly, I’m seeing Catholics falling into this group as well, some even claiming to discern a priestly vocation. This is disturbing regardless of whether they are sharing their sexual proclivity actively on Tumblr. It is enough that they do not eschew acting upon their inclinations.
We need to conform our lives to the Gospel, not the Gospel to our lives.
Jesus, lover of chastity, make us clean of heart!
Today’s Gospel is too often used as an opportunity to downplay or even refute the high estate of the Blessed Virgin, as is the weekday Gospel from last week wherein our Lord asks, “Who is my mother?” In today’s Gospel a woman praises the Mother of our Savior, exclaiming, “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the breasts that nourished Thee!” Here our Lord rebuked her, saying, “Yea rather, Blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.”
But this is no refutation of the great dignity of the Mother of God, rather, it is an indication that this dignity is for reasons far beyond the role she played in salvation history as Mother. Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene explains:
"Of course, the Virgin Mary is blessed because she gave birth to the Redeemer, but she is still more blessed through her perfect union with Him in the observance of His word. This blessedness is not reserved for Mary alone; it is offered to every soul of good will and constitutes the greatest guarantee of victory over evil, for one united to God become strong with his strength."