“Jesus Christ is the answer to which every human life is the question”

In the wake of Friday’s Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision, we are called to a new resolute determination to bring the love of Christ to every child, woman, and man.

Byzantine mosaic of Jesus Christ (c.1300) in the Pammakaristos Church, Istanbul, Turkey [Wikipedia]

“When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).

I had a homily on priestly vocations prepared for this Sunday, but Friday’s Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision is too important to leave aside even for a week. The overturning of Roe v. Wade, after five decades of unfettered abortion and tens of millions of innocent lives lost, is a victory of monumental proportions for the cause of human life.

This moment of history also presents monumental challenges, especially to those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ. And that’s why I want to begin by looking to Jesus as we see Him in today’s Gospel.

“Jesus Christ,” said St. Pope John Paul II, “is the answer to which every human life is the question.” Christ is the answer to which every unborn life is the question. He is the answer to which every mother and father is the question. To which every doctor and judge and politician is the question. Jesus is the answer to which every pro-life advocate who has worked tirelessly over these fifty years to see this day is the question. He is the answer to which every pro-abortion person’s life is the question.

And what do we see in Jesus? Absolute dedication to His Father’s will. To His mission. That Jesus “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” means He resolutely determined to go to the place where He would give His life for our salvation. He did not go for the world’s biggest political rally, but to suffer the most terrible worldly defeat—an apparent defeat that was actually a divine victory of the most epic proportions.

The phrase “resolutely determined” is, in the original Greek, a direct callback to Isaiah 50:7: “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; Therefore I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame.”

This is a text about the Suffering Servant of the Lord, one of the major themes of the Book of Isaiah. In the two verses immediately preceding this one, the Prophet writes in the voice of the Servant, “The Lord God opened my ear; I did not refuse, did not turn away. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; My face I did not hide from insults and spitting.”

The disciples of Jesus, those who proclaim, uphold, and defend the Gospel of Life, are very likely to see severe opposition in the coming days. It has already started in some places. But you and I are not alone, and we don’t have to figure out some new way of responding to those who oppose or even attack us. We just need to look at Jesus and to do as He did when He walked to Jerusalem.

In today’s Second Reading, St. Paul reminds us that the whole law is fulfilled in one word, love. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the way of true freedom. It is the truly American way. America was not founded on that false “freedom” which is really just license to do whatever you want. True freedom is the power to do what is good, to do what is right.

Recall President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. As the Civil War was coming to a close, Lincoln was very concerned no longer about winning the war but about how the nation would live and thrive after the Union’s victory. He said, “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

We need to thank God for the victory He has given, not to a political party, but to all of His children in this great country. And we need to give thanks for all those who “resolutely determined” to bring this day about through their prayers and pro-life advocacy. But now we are called to a new resolute determination to bring the love of Christ to every child, woman, and man.

We need to work for the end of abortion, and for the conversion of hearts and minds that will make this end possible. We need to give self-sacrificially to make sure that every woman has what she needs during and after her pregnancy, in order to share Christ’s love herself with the child He has blessed her with. We need to show steadfast love to those who oppose us. To those who accuse us. To those who seem to hate us.

If we do not falter, we know God will not falter, and the mission He has entrusted to us will be fulfilled. And together we will build a civilization of love and become, to use Jesus’ words from the end of Sunday’s Gospel, “fit for the Kingdom” of God, where we will live in peace and joy with Him forever.

(Editor’s note: This homily was given by Fr. Fox on June 26, 2022.)

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About Fr. Charles Fox 87 Articles
Rev. Charles Fox is an assistant professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. He holds an S.T.D. in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. He is also chaplain and a board member of Saint Paul Street Evangelization, headquartered in Warren, MI.


  1. Yes it is love and humility that will conquer, not pride or triumphalism. We must love and p ray for those who support abortion. Only a battle was won, not the war. It may be very temporary until the other party takes its turn and stacks the Supreme Court and overturnes the law. Politics is fickle and uses coercion to gain ends, both good and bad. Neither party is truly Christian in both ends and means. As Christians we must always stand up for truth, praising the good but exposing the evil. We must be willing to suffer for the truth when necessary. We must avoid idolizing any leader, but praying for all. Thank God for this decision, but let’s not gloat or rest. We must educate and counsel. The lasting victory can only be won by education not legislation. May God have mercy on and bless us all.

  2. For the Church, VATICAN II isn’t about the Church being a smaller Church in the modern era; and it isn’t about the Church being made on another level. The way outlined in VATICAN II is in keeping with the nature and history of the Church on her mission in the truth of the light of Christ. She continues to draw the lessons from her Lord when He confronted and dispensed with the devil in the desert. She interprets the signs of the times faithfully and intuits events. Now recall the lesson as it’s outlined in Luke’s Gospel. Following the lesson, she can identify the devil’s call to:

    – do experiential make-overs
    – condition the world according to its fancies
    – check back faith and adapt religion.

    But her heart is set on her pilgrimage and her Lord and she is not fooled. She knows she belongs to God Almighty and these things have been ordained; that all things will find their consummation according to the Word of God; and the Holy Ghost possesses her now and forever.

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