TODAY is Respect for Life Sunday. Sponsored by the Catholic Bishop’s Committee for Pro-Life Activities, today’s observance emphasizes our concerns as a caring community for all human life, especially that of the unborn, the elderly, the handicapped, the terminally ill, and all of those whose lives our pro-death society of choice now threatens.
We take this opportunity to ask you to show your Christian dedication to life by continuing to honor marriage, visiting the sick and the homebound, teaching children the value of love and commitment, and seeking justice for all of those vulnerable members under threat in our society.
Today is an ideal time for parents and grandparents to get together and to show their wedding pictures to their children and grandchildren, to play audio and video recordings of the wedding ceremonies, and take time to describe their wedding days so that God’s little ones may know more about the beginnings of the love that brought them to life.
Remember also to pray for those with whom we disagree; those confused souls who embrace the culture of death believing that it is a ‘choice’. Pray that they, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, will be free to begin to celebrate life, and to join with us in working for justice for all.
TODAY’S readings focus on obedience to God’s will and how obedience is entwined with mercy. It is by accepting God’s will that we acknowledge our relationship as children of God. When we live in the love offered to us in Christ, our relationship, our commitment, and our love, override our reluctance and cause us to move into faithful service and obedience to God.
Today’s sacred scripture readings invite us to consider the blessed fact that it is the God-given prerogative of every sinner to change his or her mind. A change of mind means a change of heart, and a changed heart can transform our life.
Change is never easy. It has been said that the only people who like change… are babies! Unfortunately, many of us have become set in our ways and we are reluctant to change. We have our good and our bad habits, and we keep committing the same sins over and over again. However, it does not have to be this way. We can start over.
Change is a constant in the human experience. To change will probably mean us having to do some arranging of our life. As repentant sinners, the prerogative as to how, when, and how often, and to what degree we will change, is ours and ours alone. Thankfully, when we consciously and deliberately, say “yes” to God from our repentant heart and act on it, God has promised us that our reward will be to live happily forever with Him in His Kingdom.
God sincerely loves each of us and wants us to change our sinful ways. Fortunately, Our Lord is anxious to forgive even the most wicked person if he or she genuinely repents and attempts to alter the course of their life. Thankfully, for many of us, Our Lord’s way is fairer.
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