Religious Freedom is a No-Brainer, But Needs to be Relearned

Religious Freedom is a No-Brainer, But Needs to be Relearned
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There are certain truths about God and religious observance that any person of good will can discern and acknowledge. For example, we accept that we shouldn't kill or cause harm to others who disagree with us about divine realities. Also, we realize that we shouldn't use coercion or violence to intimidate or force others to convert or accept our doctrinal beliefs.

While these might seem like no-brainers - pretty obvious to devout worshipers of God - it seems our fallen race is in constant need of re-learning them.

Such was the case in this Sunday's Gospel reading in the Catholic Mass. Saint Luke describes the conclusion of the Lord Jesus' ministry in Galilee and that "he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem." The Lord was a person on a mission. He knew what was being asked of him. He was aware of what he needed to accomplish in the Holy City and, after finishing his work in his home region, he was now ready. He set his face like flint to Mount Zion.

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