The following is the text of the homily of Deacon John V. Sebastian at St. John the Evangelist Church in Naples, Florida on Veterans Day, November 11. Deacon John, a veteran himself, honors his fellow veterans and relates their patriotism to Wokism which is attempting to rewrite American history.
To view Deacon Sebastian’s acclaimed and extensively forwarded Veteran’s Day Homily go to https://vimeo.com/644775850. To skip the entrance procession of the Knights of Columbus, music, the colors, and the beginning of Mass, go directly to the 42 minute mark for his reading of the Psalm and the Gospel. His 8 minute homily begins at the 46 minute mark.
One comment: “Again, I want to thank you for the absolutely outstanding homily this morning at our Veterans Day Mass. These words were so perfectly on point and needed to be said and heard. I will be sharing the link to this Mass video with many of my friends and they will doubtless move it forward.”
We give special recognition to the military on two occasions every year, Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the more solemn occasion because we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. Veteran’s Day used to be called Armistice Day; it was first celebrated exactly 100 years ago on November 11, 1921. Armistice Day was declared to commemorate the ending of the “war to end all wars,” that is, World War I and the millions of lives lost in that war.
Since then, of course, tragically, World War II was even worse; sadly, that was followed by the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and most recently Panama, Beirut, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflicts. Armistice Day, then, was changed to Veteran’s Day.
Even Abraham Lincoln, in my view, our greatest president, has been castigated by the cancel culture. Although Lincoln was a strong abolitionist and authored the Emancipation Proclamation, it seems his great sin was to prioritize the preservation of the union over the immediate emancipation of the slaves. The wokes have demanded removal of statues and his name on schools, streets, etc.
Let the love we share for our country help enact laws which respect our freedoms and our belief in the sanctity of life. Sanctity of life, to me, includes opposition to abortion and euthanasia and the death penalty, but also love for our fellow human beings, especially the poor and vulnerable. Remember Our Lord’s commandment to his disciples at the Last Supper: “Love one another as I have loved you.” We all need to act like we believe that Jesus’ words are true and binding.