Homily by Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 07/04/2010
Today, of course, is the Fourth of July. On this day in 1776, the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring freedom from the rule of Great Britain. This Declaration of Independence was written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, although he was a part of the Committee of Five, which also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston. We have also heard these names: George Washington, Martha Washington, John Hancock, Nathan Hale, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, and Molly Pitcher, to name a few. As an American, we learn those names at a young age. Many of our schools bear their names. Their fight for independence from the British made them icons, enduring forever in our nation’s memory and our history books. These impressive people were strong, brave, and determined in their defeat of the most powerful nation on earth. And were instrumental in creating this nation, the United States of America.
When our Lord started to establish His Church, however, He probably would not have selected any of these people.
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