Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Protecting human life

As Christmas nears, we recall the tedious and endearing devotion of Mary and Joseph in caring for the Baby Jesus.  This reminds us how Christmas is a celebration of life, as Mary and Joseph closely followed the Father’s Providence in protecting Jesus from the clutches of King Herod who brutally dictated the murder of the infant male babies just to get rid of the new-born King of Israel.  For what motive?  For political reasons, power, greed, and dominance.

Let us reminisce how history can repeat itself, those days of genocide since the very days of Moses when the Egyptian king wanted to eliminate all male children (see Ez. 1:22);  the murder of the Holy Innocents by King Herod;  the Holocaust with millions of Jews killed in Hitler’s Nazi regime; the 40 million communistic purges by Stalin in Russia and neighboring countries, and in our very day the terror and widespread life-destructive attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militants, particularly in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and ongoing murders by the millions of abortions throughout the world.  Let’s not forget that murder—including abortion—is part of the four sins crying to heaven for vengeance.  These are: willful murder (including abortion), the sin of Sodom, oppression of the poor, and defrauding laborers of their wages.

St. Paul warns us that those who are evil and morally self-indulgent  will not inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Cor. 6:9).  He further states in Heb. 10:31 that “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” If we look for victory in our world, it is because we endeavor to be on the side of truth, while the devil is a murderer and the father of lies and deception (see Jn. 8:44). 

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