Megan Boken Funeral Homily: 'How Can There be a God?'
St. Michael Catholic Church Fr. Dan Hoehn honors Megan Boken at her funeral Mass Thursday morning.
At Megan Boken's funeral Mass Thursday morning, Fr. Dan Hoehn said a homily, on the existence of God in the face of tragedy and honoring her spirit.
Here are some of the excerpts from his homily:
"In the face of such a tragedy, there can be a number of responses. One of them can be to question the existence of God; to say, 'If something so obviously wrong can happen, then how can there be a God?'
"In fact, the existence of evil is the number one answer given by atheists when asked the reason for their un-belief. But to point to something and say, 'This is wrong' actually presupposes some underlying presumption that things should proceed in a certain way; that there is some universally agreed upon 'right' way, verses a 'wrong' way.
"If, in fact, there is no God, then everything is the result of blind random chance; the result of a 'Big Bang', or whatever theory you choose to propose. If everything is the result of blind, random chance, like tea leaves on the bottom of a cup, or like confetti on the ground that has been thrown in the air, then it would be very strange to say, 'Hey, these tea leaves are out of order”, or 'Hey, this confetti did form of a design.
"The fact that we all recognize that something is wrong – that some order has been disrupted – is evidence of a universal presumption that there is order in the universe. And if there is order, then there must be an Order-er."
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