My Dear Sisters and Brothers! You may remember the sentence for the Bible: ‘You will be like God.’ It was the enemy of God and the enemy of people: Devil, who sowed this aspiration in the first people. People still get mesmerised by it. What happened to this little British boy shows how attractive the temptation to be like God still is. The greatest threat to his life was not his illness but the determination of certain people to have him dead because they were convinced that their vision was the only right one.
A few months ago we witnessed a debate on euthanasia here in Victoria. Unfortunately the short-sighted politicians legalised it in the name of compassion and human dignity. As followers of Christ we say that compassion is happens when we tell the people who suffer (and prove it by our actions) that they are loved and needed, that we need them among us. As followers of Christ we say that human dignity means that life is sacred, not only of those who are healthy and productive but of every single baby, child, man and woman. We are not the lords of life we are caretakers. With euthanasia legalised we are on the steep slope when there will be people in power who will claim that they are so intelligent and visionary that they can decide who deserves to live and who doesn’t. The story of Alfie Evans is an example of how low people can descend. His parents wanted to continue looking after him. A hospital wanted to welcome him. However some judges said that they knew what was in the best interest of the boy.
My Dear fellow believers!
Our Blessed Lord calls us today to remain in him. ‘I am the vine you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.’ At this time when we are surrounded by so many conflicting ideas and visions we turn to Jesus Christ. We come to him and say: ‘Lord we don’t want to take your place. We don’t want to pretend we are like God. We want to remain in you so that we could see this world and the people around us the way you see them. We want to look at them with your compassion. We want to see in them the dignity which makes them your sisters and brothers, children of your heavenly Father.’
We beg for Jesus’ Body and Blood to be given us in Holy Communion, don’t we? We also need to beg for his word to ensure that our thoughts are God’s thoughts, that our ways are God’s ways.
We may not have power to change the evil laws but we need the power from heaven to say: ‘It doesn’t matter how many people support certain issues. What is important to us is what God says about that. To that we say: Amen.’