Point/Counterpoint: He Said/She Said

Posted November 19, 2013

The following playground conversation took place between two first-grader twins, one an avid feminist and the other an intransigent anti-feminist:
The little girl questioned her twin brother, “Tommy, you’re the smartest boy in our class. So, tell me, why is God a He and not a She? And why did Mary have a baby boy instead of a baby girl? And why are there only men priests and no women priests? And why do all the angels have men’s names, like Michael and Gabriel and Raphael, and never women’s names?
With great erudition, Tommy replied, “That’s because of three reasons, Sally. First, in our prayers to God we always say ‘Amen,’ not ‘A-women.’ Secondly, in church we have to sing “hymns,” not “hers.” And third, all the Bible stories that we read about in class are called ‘Bible HIStory,’ not ‘Bible HERstory.’”
“My goodness!” gushed the little moppet. “You must be the smartest boy in the world.”
“I am,” he demurred humbly.
The admiring little girl leaned over and kissed her brother on the cheek. Then they joined hands and skipped home from school together.
And they lived happily ever after.
Of course that dialogue never occurred. I just made it up in a moment of fantasy.
But wouldn’t it be nice if every confrontation ended that way?—every marital argument, every parent-child conflict, every in-law squabble, and above all, every confrontational threat of war between nations? While we await the future post-tribulation worldwide glorious “era of peace” (Ps. 46:9; Is. 2:4), let’s do our part now by obeying the mandates from God’s Holy Word:
“As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18).
“Make every effort to live at peace with all persons” (Heb. 12:14).


Fr. John H.Hampsch c.m.f.