Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pro-life Reflection: SUNDAY, July 15, 2012



CHOOSING LIFE

“This is the ultimate meaning of the Cross: not to seek life for oneself, but to give one's own life. …"I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live" (Dt 30: 16). At first sight we may not like this, but it is the way: the option for life and the option for God are identical. The Lord says so in St John's Gospel: "This is eternal life, that they know you" (Jn 17: 3).

“Human life is a relationship. It is only in a relationship, and not closed in on ourselves, that we can have life. And the fundamental relationship is the relationship with the Creator, or else other relations are fragile. Hence, it is essential to choose God. A world empty of God, a world that has forgotten God, loses life and relapses into a culture of death. Choosing life, taking the option for life, therefore, means first and foremost choosing the option of a relationship with God.” – Pope Benedict XVI, March 2006.

~Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life

TODAY'S READINGS:

Fifteenth Sunday ordinary time, Cycle B - July 15, 2012

First Reading:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Amos 7:12-15
Ephesians 1:3-14, or 1:3-10
Mark 6:7-13




Every Sunday, I post these pro-life materials, generously offered for distribution by Priests for Life. These posts coincide with the Church calendar and add a pro-life flavor to the day's readings. This is my Sunday effort to help us all think with a pro-life heart.

As is the practice over at Catholic Sistas, a blog to which I contribute, Sunday posts will be scheduled ahead of time in order to leave that day for Church and family.
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