THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
The fight of this third millennium is the culture of life
versus the culture of death. Many have embraced the culture
of death (contraception, divorce, abortion, same-sex unions,
euthanasia, population control), including many Catholics,
including clerics and religious. This is a fundamental choice
(remember feminists’ cry: “my body, my choice”?),
and many have chosen the way of death.
is the way of God? What is the way for an authentic Christian?
“I have set before you life and death, the blessing
and the curse. Choose life, then that you and your descendants
may live” (v.19b). Women choose abortion and the unborn
child dies. Police resort to extra-judicial killing (EJK)
and the descendant of a poor parent is gone. Such choices
are being made every day. “See, I have today set before
you life and good, death and evil.” (v.15). Choosing
life is good, dispensing death is evil.
are Christians making choices for evil? How can they start
to make choices for good? Three things. Choosing life, choosing
the good, happens “by loving the Lord, your God, obeying
his voice, and holding fast to him.” (v.20a).
God is the first and greatest commandment. It is to love God
with our whole heart, mind, soul and strength. It is putting
God first. It is turning our lives over to God. It is striving
not to offend God in any way. It is desiring to be like Christ
in every way.
God’s voice is “keeping his commandments, statutes
and ordinances” (v.16d). Many Christians claim to love
God but embrace the culture of death. They kill by abortion,
they divorce, they fornicate, all against the commandments
of God. They gossip (which according to Pope Francis is murder),
slander, calumniate. They take on the wisdom of the world
against the wisdom of God. They must read and study the Bible,
and live it out.
fast to him is “walking in his ways” (v.16c).
Christians, in order to put on the mind and heart of God,
need to cling to Him, to trust in Him, to pray, to meditate
on His word, to receive the Eucharist worthily. They need
to walk the straight and narrow path, a path of holiness.
who are for life will themselves experience the fullness of
life that comes from God. “For that will mean life for
you, a long life for you to live on the land” (v.20b).
They will be truly blessed, as “the Lord, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.”
(v.16f). In fact, that life will be for all eternity, in heaven.