Skip to comments.Homily for Oct. 2, 2011 (Steve Jobs was a choice for Life)
Posted on 10/06/2011 7:29:29 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
Since this is Respect Life Sunday, and the beginning of Respect Life month, I wanted to talk about one woman who did respect life and her choice has made a difference in the life of virtually every person in this church.
Her name is Joanne Schiebel. In 1954, she was a young unmarried college student who discovered that she was pregnant. In the 1950s, her options were limited. She could have had an abortion but the procedure was both dangerous and illegal. She could have gotten married, but she wasnt ready and didnt want to interrupt her education. Joanne opted, instead, to give birth to the baby and put it up for adoption.
And so it was that in 1955, a California couple named Paul and Clara Jobs adopted a baby boy, born out of wedlock, that they named Steven.
We know him today as Steve Jobs.
It would not be overstating things to say that Steve Jobs is my generations Thomas Edison. As one observer put it, he knew what the world wanted before the world knew that it wanted it.
If you have an iPhone or an iPad or an iPod, or anything remotely resembling them, you can thank Steve Jobs.
If your world has been transformed by the ability to hear a symphony, send a letter, pay a bill, deposit a check, read a book and then buy theater tickets on something roughly the size of a credit card you can thank Steve Jobs.
And: you can thank Joanne Schiebel.
If you want to know how much one life can matter, there is just one example.
But: imagine if that life had never happened.
Imagine if an unmarried pregnant college student 56 years ago had made a different choice.
Now, imagine all the unmarried pregnant college students who make that different choice today.
By one measure, more than half of all abortions in the United States 53% occur in young women under the age of 25. That is hundreds of thousands of lives every year, snuffed out. Millions over the last quarter century.
The horrifying truth is this: we live now in a culture that not only does not respect life, but discards it like trash not only at the beginning of life, but also at the end, and every place in between.
What has happened to us?
In Europe, theres a new industry of suicide tourism, for people who are old or infirm and want to kill themselves.
In California, when it was announced during a recent presidential debate that 234 people had been executed in Texas, hundreds of people in the audience applauded.
What has happened to us?
Catholics can disagree about whether the death penalty is necessary. But we cant disagree about this: cheering death any death, especially if it involves someone who may be innocent is an affront to life. And yet we do it so easily. And that is part of the problem.
Life has become disposable.
In the New York Times recently, there was a long article about the practice called singleton where women pregnant with triplets or twins can arrange to have one or more of the babies aborted, to better manage the size of their family.
We dont talk about it often, but it needs to be said: the reason we dont see as many children any more with Down Syndrome isnt because of some great medical breakthrough. No. Its because roughly 90% of them are being aborted.
What has happened to us???
If you listen closely, the gospel this Sunday is, in one sense, about respecting life and choosing death. It brings us the familiar saying about the stone that the builder rejected. Well, we have rejected more stones, more lives, than we can count. When will it end?
Its increasingly clear that the only lasting change will happen when we work to change not only laws, but also hearts.
And that begins with each of us.
When will it end? This nightmare will end when we pass on what we all know to be true: for all its complexity and complications, all its sorrows and fears, all its headaches and heartaches life matters. Every life. At every moment.
This nightmare will end when we teach our children that nothing, and no one, is ever discarded. Remember the multiplication of the loaves and fishes? When Christ performed that miracle, the story didnt end when everyone ate. It ended with the people gathering up every crumb. Because every crumb was a part of that miracle. No one, no thing, no life is wasted in the incredible work of God.
This nightmare will end when we acknowledge that life is inconvenient, and difficult, and unplanned. But nothing, and no one, is ever unplanned or unwanted when the one doing the planning and the wanting is God.
This nightmare will end when we realize, at last, that love is greater than fear.
It will end when we make of our lives a continuing prayer prayer that isnt afraid to plead, to ask, to question, to hope. Prayer that embraces the beautiful truth of the most popular prayer in the world: Thy will be done. Prayer that is able to trust.
It will end when we see life not as a problem to be solved, but as a gift to be embraced.
It will end when we simply choose life. Beautiful, chaotic, unpredictable, explosive, crazy life. Life isnt something to be discarded because it is difficult, or inconvenient, or unexpected, or old or sick. It is so much greater than we realize.
I sometimes mention this in baptism instruction: the baptism rite begins with declaring the name of the child. It harkens back to Genesis, and the first thing Adam did after God created him he named everything around him. With that, man continued Gods creative work in the world. And we do that today: with every life we welcome, God continues His creation. Choosing life, we choose to be a part of that.
Thats what Joanne Schiebel did. Think of her the next time you make a phone call or plug in your iPod or download music.
And this morning, consider the work before us. It begins here, and now.
By changing how we talk about life, how we treat life, how we teach life to our children, we will begin to change hearts, change minds.
Respect life is more than just a catchphrase. It needs to be a way of living. Respect life. Not just in the womb, but everywhere, at every time, in all circumstances within our families, our communities, the places we work and do business. It means treating every life with dignity, and honoring every life as a gift.
Doing that, moment by moment, we will begin to change the culture.
And: heart by heart, we will begin to change the world.
I really think this is a wonderful homily, especially given that it was written 4 days before Steve Jobs death.
I think it’s great. But I think that all the different interest groups that are going to duct-tape their causes to Steve Jobs is going to be disgusting.
There can be no moral equivalence between the murder of a 100% innocent baby, and the 99999.96% guilt of the murders that occupy death row.
I celebrate the birth and life of Steve Jobs and I knew him personally, but the author loses me with the above statement.
The Catholic Church is going against the Word of God when they oppose the death penalty.
Two-faced, in other words.....
Had me nodding right up until this sentence.
This person can't differentiate between the worth of an innocent baby's life and that of a rapist and cold blooded murderer.
Apple's logo is an apple with a bite (byte, ha ha) taken out of it. While this means nothing of itself, I have always wondered why so few people associate the logo with the Biblical story it brings to mind, in which man became an enemy of God through his desire for knowledge.
But the Forbidden Fruit was not the company's original logo. The first design was much more explicit. It depicts Isaac Newton (Freemason and astrologer) sitting under a tree with an apple dangling above his head. The apple, as we all know, is about to fall, and its impact will enlighten (illuminate) Newton and the rest of the world. The motto on the original logo reads "A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone.
And the original price of Apple I was $666.66. No, really.
Steve Jobs got everything he wanted. He died awfully young. Could be coincidence. But I can't help but be reminded of another story when I read the amazing tale of the late Mr. Jobs. As Apple products become more and more central to our lives, I can't help but wonder if there might have been something more than a shrewd mind behind the company's rise from the obscurity of a garage to the most valuable company in the world over the past forty years.
Naah. Probably not. Rest in peace, Steve Jobs.
"Could it have been.......SATAN!?!?!"
Well, that settles it! I’m gonna gather up all my Apple and Apple knock-off products dump ‘em in the yard and burn ‘em! No telling what kind of Satanic influence they’re swaying on me!!!
“We can assume that his birth-mother had a choice back in 1955-6 to do something about her “predicament” and she chose to have her baby and put him up for adoption.”
No, we can’t. In 1955 abortion was illegal in every state. It was a completely different world than the one that exists today, which is why trying to imagine the choices that females faced in those times vis-a-vis the “options” they have today, is incomprehensible for most younger folks.
The Catholic Church recognizes and teaches that the state has the right to implement the death penalty.
Two-faced, in other words.....
Confusing a homily, which is a prudential statement, with the actual teaching of the Church is a mistake, in other words it's ignorant.
Yet they were still performed.
“The Catholic Church recognizes and teaches that the state has the right to implement the death penalty.”
Well, archbozo Sheehan in New Mexico was front and center to get the lib-wacks to outlaw the death penalty .....
He, Bingaman, Udall, Bill Richardson........... birds of a feather..........
Gimme a break.........