Hate Sin

by Fr. Jeff

When I was a child, I was taught to love the goodness of creation. But my parents also taught me something else–they taught me to hate sin. Under no circumstance and under no condition should sin ever be admired or bargained with. It must be loathed, abhorred, and completely despised.

At its core, it’s a lie. Sin by definition is contrary to God, to God who is Truth. Sin is contrary to Truth. The first words spoken by Eve after the Fall aren’t coincidental: “The snake beguiled me.” It’s a lie.

Today, on this day dedicated to Life, my thoughts and prayers were consumed by death. 54 million of them actually. Such a figure is hard to imagine.

This isn’t:

54 million people is more than the populations of Myanmar, South Africa, South Korea, Colombia, Ukraine, Spain, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, Argentina, Poland, Algeria, Canada, Uganda, Morocco, Iraq, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, or Venezuela. Actually, it’s more than the population of 217 countries in the world:

Gone. Gone because of a lie.

And that’s just our country.

Today, I celebrated Mass. When I got here, I choked:

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Hope: a difficult good that is possible to obtain. I hope. I hope we learn to love. I hope we learn to live. I hope we learn to

hate sin.

Source: data and graphic provided by Wolfram Alpha