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The Gospel of Life

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, Michigan • 616 696 3904

“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

The first Sunday of October is referred to by many people as Respect Life Sunday.  This year, Respect Life Sunday greatly highlights because it is the 25th anniversary of Pope and now Saint John Paul II’s prophetic encyclical The Gospel of Life –Evangelium vitae (EV). It should be noted that this year is also the 100th birthday of this said author of a document which has become a magna carta for the pro-life movement.

In fact, The Gospel of Life was published on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord on March 25, 1995.  It is at the very heart of Jesus’ saving message to the world. Through the Incarnation and birth of Christ, God reveals to us the dignity of all human life, which, as a gift of God, is sacred and inviolable. The Son of God has united himself with every human being and desires for us to share in eternal life with him. For this reason, direct attacks on human life, such as abortion and euthanasia, are always unacceptable. Yet, sadly we see new and expanding threats to human life emerging on an alarming scale. These new threats to life are often justified, protected, and even promoted by our laws and culture. 

Not only must human life not be taken, but it must be protected with loving concern. Each of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We bear an indelible imprint of God and reflect his glory in the world as the pinnacle of all creation. God made the human person with the capacity to love, reason, and share in a relationship with the Creator. Each of us has received our dignity from him and it must be protected and care for.

On the 25th anniversary of this prophetic letter, we as the people who profess our faith in Jesus as the “Word of Life” (1Jn 1:1) are challenged by Saint John Paul II: “With great openness and courage, we need to question how widespread is the culture of life today among individual Christians, families, groups and communities. . . With equal clarity and determination, we must identify the steps we are called to take, in order to serve life in all its truth” (EV 95).  As we enter Respect Life Sunday, let us ask ourselves what are the steps that we are willing to make to show reverence to the gift of life.  Amen.

(Father Lam also is the Pastor of Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, 1 West Maple St, Sand Lake, Michigan 49343 phone: 616-636-5671)

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