first_imgThe sermon of Fr John Britto has been a huge talking point since it was delivered at St.Mary’s Church in Annagry last week.Fr John BrittoOutside of those who attended the mass, many have not heard the sermon in its entirety.Here , we publish the sermon in full. “My Beloved Friends,“There is a beautiful saying in Irish, “Nach déan iarracht obair Dé a fheabhsú,” [Thou Shall not try to improve the Work of God].“According to the Scriptures, The Ten Commandments, [the first reading], were written by the finger of God on a Tablet, and was entrusted to Moses, and The Ten Commandments were kept in “The Ark of the Covenant”, in the Holy of Holies, where no one is allowed to enter, except once in a year by the High Priest. These commandments are the most precious thing God has given to humanity. They are the foundation of any Society. And they come from the great wisdom of God and from the lived life experience of thousands of good people who have lived before us. They are valid in any human society, whether they believed in God or not.“The commandment of the Lord, “You shall honour your father and your mother!” is the only commandment with a reward announced already. If you respect your parents, you will have long life and will succeed wherever you go! We could not logically explain how it happens, but happens. Today in the Psalm we read, “The command of the Lord is more to be desired than Gold, and sweeter are they than honey.” “The Law of the Lord is perfect; it revives the soul; the Rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple.” What a beautiful summary of the Rules by the Psalmist! “Thou shall not steal” ; “Thou shall not commit adultery!” – Commandments of God. They are great lights! We cannot question them, “Why God said like this?” God alone knows it, because he has greater intelligence than us. He knows that adultery will give only a temporary happiness. It’s not going to satisfy you, and you will be hungry again. Jesus told the Samaritan woman that “the water you drink will make you thirsty again”! (Jn 4:13).“The most important commandment of all is, “I the Lord your God; You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your might!”“You love me,” is a command of the Lord. There is great wisdom hidden in it.“You shall honour the Sabbath day!” is another commandment. You should come to me once a week. Talk to me, pray to me, complain to me, cry to me, and even laugh at me. That is what God wants us, he teaches that there is great wisdom contained it.The Commandments of God are like brake lights. One cannot question, “Why the brake lights are kept?” The brake lights are there, because before I drove, there were many who drove cars! Some did experience someone crashing behind. That is why, “Hi, I am applying brake, and you please slow down! – Brake lights!” You cannot say, we don’t need them, and are useless – surely, you will not pass your NCT without it.  REGARDING REFERENDUM“The command of the Lord says, “You shall not steal,” and let us say that we bring a referendum that, stealing is not wrong! Stealing is “equality”, and a thief is “equal wealth distribution expert.” Let us say, 70 per cent of our country vote “Yes,” “stealing is equality and justice,” it doesn’t become all right at all. It was wrong yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Wrong in any culture – an age-old human truth – we could not hope to disagree with them with new definition of “equality.”“This is what is happening, an evil thing is presented as a very good thing, “equality and love”. The Devil was so crafty that it presented to act against the command of God telling, “You will become like God,” but once committed, she experienced that they were tricked into it by the soft words. Even the nature does not approve a same-sex union, nature does not give them a child, and every child born belongs to its mother, who painstakingly carried all through, and not let any one “steal” it under the pretext of “adoption and love”.“Love between father and child is sacred, love between friends are sacred, but let us not mix the love between a man and woman which is different than other types of love. Ultimately love between a man and woman is unique, the only love that is blessed with a new life. A great mystery! Twenty per cent infertility could not be explained still in 2015. Are gay people bad? No. There is a beautiful saying in English, “There is so much good in the worst of us, and there is so much bad in the best of us, and it wrong to speak about any of us”. The Lord as well has made it very clear, that we should always distinguish between “the person who does the wrong” and “the wrong thing”. For example, “stealing” is wrong, but we should not hate the “thief”. The Lord said, “Do not steal. But, the Lord forgave the good thief, “You shall be with me in Paradise”. He said “adultery is wrong,” but, Mary Magdalene/sinful woman was a great friend of Christ. Absolutely there is a need to say what is wrong, but we have no right to hate people basing on their actions.“It is the duty of leaders of the community to proclaim what is wrong. If the shepherds are silent, the wolves will readily have the sheep. A shepherd should not sleep, he should clarify, trusting in God’s Word. Your shepherd’s slumber … your people are scattered across the mountains (Nahu 3:18); “He who is not a shepherd, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them (Jn10:12). Lack of noble leaders is a perfect sign of impending disaster of any society. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered (Zech 13:7). The shepherds are fear stricken, and they go on apologizing, and the sheep are all the more confused – is the beginning of a society’s decadence. It is not homophobia. It is the truth repeated time after time in history, and recorded in the Scriptures.REGARDING TAOISEACH AND EAMON MCGEE“Our Beloved Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, a young charismatic Leader – I know his family – a noble, nice, Christian family. He comes from a very virtuous background. Maybe because of that he became a leader. But when he tells me to vote “yes” to that which is against the teaching of the Scriptures, I will not vote for him. There is no messing with the Word of God, “He who is not with me is against me,” (Mat 12:30). It is not being traditionalist. God’s Word is ever relevant, Spirit and life (Jn 6:66).“The McGee man, we are happy when he puts on the Jersey of Donegal, we are proud of you. But when he supports against the teaching of God, I would say, “no” to him.“There is a criticism that Scripture is outdated. What do we get if you watch “Fifty Shades of Grey?” I do not have time to waste. But if you read just a single page of Shakespeare – Desdemona’s last words in Othello, will fill your eyes! In fact, many scholars hold that Shakespeare’s inspiration came from the Psalms. Many try to find meaning of the Scriptures in an easy way, but forget the fact they need awful amount of time, respect and hard work. Nothing noble here on earth can be achieved without hard work.“Same-sex marriage is not a problem which emerged a few years back as some do claim. It existed before 4500 years before us [BC 2500], according to the recorded history, in Sodom and Gomorrah. [men of the city asking to sleep with two boys who were gusts in Lot’s house]. God sent sulphur on the city, and destroyed the whole city. And that is the place we call today “Dead Sea.” No city ever got a more severe punishment in the entire Bible but for the evil of same sex.“That does not mean all those who lived in it went to hell. By this, the Word of God teaches that there are unknown dangers lurk behind. Even the Great Socrates said, “I know that I do not know.” The only thing he knew was the fact he did not know, while his contemporary Sophists said, “We know everything.” Einstein said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”“A good mother punishes her child when it does wrong thing. We cannot say that she does not love the child, because she loves the child she punishes. Scripture teaches, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them (Prov 13,24).” God is like a mother, He came to the Temple [as in today’s gospel] and chased everyone out. That doesn’t mean that Jesus does not love those whom he physically forced them to get out!” The message we get is House of God is so Sacred. God places guidelines. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right (2Tim 3:16).”“Nach déan iarracht obair Dé a fheabhsú”. “Thou shall not try to improve the work of God.” Our voting is not going to improve the “intelligence of God”. We think we have better teaching than the teaching of the Word of God. No. God is better than us. God tells us what is best for us for our best future. In ainm an Athar, agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh.”FULL SERMON OF FR.JOHN BRITTO ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagrydonegalEamon McGeeFR JOHN BRITTOSAME-SEX MARRIAGElast_img