Homily for Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Preached on June 4, 2010 at Holy Spirit Parish/The Newman Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY
Readings: 2 Timothy 3:10-17; Psalm 119:157, 160, 161, 165, 166, 168; Mark 12:35-37
“From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli” (cf. Marines’ Hymn), the US Marine Corps has remained semper fidelis—always faithful—to the task of fighting for right and freedom. Their faithfulness to their mission is part of the reason why they command so much respect from everyone. Their history and their record bear witness to the fact that they get the job done.
From the solemnity of this altar to the cacophony of the streets, we Catholics are called to “remain faithful to what [we] have learned and believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). This faithfulness to the Faith is what should mark us Catholics as the Marines of Christianity. Our history and our record should always bear witness to the fact that we are “equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17), that we get the job of God’s will done here on earth, not simply for our own sake but for the greater glory of God.
Saint Paul tells us as once he told Timothy: “But you, remain faithful” (2 Tim. 3:14). “Wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). But, we Christians, we Catholics must stick to being Marines for Christ who could sing with conviction the words from the hymn: “In many a strife we’ve fought for life, and never lost our nerve” (cf. Marines’ Hymn). “Though persecutors and foes are many” (Ps. 119:157), we must remain semper fidelis—always faithful—to the way, the truth, and the life of Christ Jesus, our Lord.