One Nation Under God
This Fourth of July providentially falls on a Sunday—the day we love, revere, and thank the Lord. It is significant that the day we celebrate our nation’s independence, we also and even more importantly honor our God and Savior, because perhaps more than any time in this great country’s history, the Judeo-Christian principles upon which it was founded are under attack and God’s Law is despised.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence to declare to the world the reasons America was separating from her mother country.
It is likely that very few young people today know that God is mentioned four times in the Declaration. The Founding Fathers of America believed in a Creator and in a natural law. John Adams, our second President and President of the Second Continental Congress once said “You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe.”
Each of us has a responsibility, as Christians and citizens, to work for the protection of human rights, especially the most basic human and civil right that we have which is the right to life. To do so is to be faithful both to God and the vision of the Founding Fathers of this nation. If we succeed, we will restore the foundation of our Republic as one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.
May God continue to bless us with a true and beautiful understanding of our independence. May he call us to those noble virtues that made this country what it is for us and for future generations of Americans. May God bless us with peace, prosperity, and the common good. And may God bless America.
I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!
Yours in Christ,
Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Lectionary 101Tags: #arthurmarat, #arturmarat, #frarthurmarat, #olw, #olwparish, #reflection