The gospel of Jesus is the gospel of life and love. He said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” And then, He commanded his disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
From the time man came into this earth, he has been wondering, “Why am I here? What am I doing here?” And he is filled with awe and wonder at the wonderful paradise he found himself in. And he is moved to even wonder, “Why is the something at all rather than nothing?” And he realizes that life is a gift. And if there is a gift, there must be a giver.
He finds no easy answers to all his questionings. But as philosophers eventually put into simple words, man realizes “I am.” And the giver of life reveals Himself to man and says, “I am who am.” Life therefore is a sacred gift, something to be treasured and always be thankful for. Anything that destroys or harms life is evil and a taking away, a theft of that gift.
Yesterday, Anabelle and I joined the Walk for Life in San Francisco. It was a celebration of life. Life at its very start up to the very last moments at the doors of death. It was a walk to condemn abortion. Archbishop Cordileone observed that a third of the present young generation is gone because of abortion. He called for the creation and strengthening of a culture of life that would respect and protect all of life, whether of the unborn or of the aged and infirm or of those rejected by society or of those without the wherewithal to live.
This culture of life extends to taking care of the earth. If we pollute and thrash our planet, it will not be able to sustain life anymore and all life will vanish from the face of the earth. Saving the planet is saving life itself.
Teach me your ways, O Lord.
~ Psalm 25
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”