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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The Gospel of Life Revisited
The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to the people of every age and culture. At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: "I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this "great joy" is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21). When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10). In truth, he is referring to that "new" and "eternal" life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Sanctifying Spirit. It is precisely in this "life" that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance. Evangelium vitae
September has arrived. The children are back in school, vacations are mostly complete. Hopefully we all enjoyed a well deserved rest - and now we are ready to begin a new work year - our secular work and our spiritual work. I recently read the article in LifeNews.com by Kathy Gilbert concerning the New Jersey abortionist who headed a four state abortion ring. The details of the story are gruesome. You can read the story HERE. This story brings to light again the importance of the pro-life struggle. Now is the time for us to begin again the good fight - to end "the culture of death" in our time. Let us not be afraid to tell everyone we meet the truth. If we are bishops, priests and deacons - those who blessed with the preaching ministry, let us tell the truth. We must not be afraid.