October 04, 2015 - Respect Life Sunday
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
In the Book of Genesis, the Almighty God creates out of nothingness. The Lord God creates the heavens and the earth. And on the earth, God creates Adam, which is really a poor translation of the Hebrew.
Adam is not a proper name. God creates the adam. The adam literally means the person of the earth made from the dirt.
Then from the rib of the person made from the dirt of the earth, God creates the woman. The word rib in Hebrew means side. One side becomes the woman leaving the adam a one-sided man.
One of the lessons the Book of Genesis is trying to teach us is that we human beings are essentially incomplete without each other.
We all depend on the Creator for our very existence. And we are placed on this earth together, not as individuals.
Today is Respect Life Sunday. On this day we remind ourselves that we are all children of God who were called to respect the dignity of each and every human being.
But we don't realize our dependence on God the creator anymore. We are over confident in our own power. We forget that our actions have consequences.
Some 30 years after Roe vs. Wade, we have a generation that has never known a world without the tragedy of abortion. And the great tragedy of Roe vs. Wade stretches far beyond abortion. The consequences are staggering.
The Roe vs. Wade decision allowed the definition of human life to become flexible.
When we decide who is human and who is not we play a very dangerous game. We pretend to be God.
Playing God we say, “Those who are unborn are not yet human persons, so they no longer require protection.”
Playing God we say, “Those who were terminally ill are going to die soon, they no longer are productive, so they are expendable.”
Through abortion we have tinkered with the beginning of life
and through euthanasia we have tinkered with the end of life.
And now with stem cell research we are tinkering with the very cell structure of human life. We are tinkering with God's creation.
The right to life is the most basic and fundamental right. It must be defended from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, whether healthy or sick, handicapped or whole, rich or poor.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Gospel of Life. It invites us to live a new life in Christ. It invites us to live with abundant respect for human dignity, respect for God's creation.
Our witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ shines most brightly
when we demand respect for each and every human life,
including the lives of those who fail to show respect.
The Gospel of Life must be proclaimed and human life must be defended, in all places and at all times. This is something we must do if we are to be authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.
Laws that permit us to tinker with God's creation, laws that permit abortion, partial birth abortion, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, and capital punishment are profoundly unjust.
They lead us down a path of death and destruction. We should work peacefully and tirelessly to oppose them and to change them.
We cannot continue to sit idly by while there are such
fundamental violations of human rights in our land,
fundamental violations of human rights here in our community.
We American Catholics have been changed too much by our culture, and we have not changed our culture enough.
We are the beings made from the dirt of the earth. And we are meant to live together. Living together, we must respect the dignity of each and every one of God’s adams and eves.