Aparecida 106-108: The Good News Of Life

Section 3.2 speaks of “The Good News of Life.”

106. We praise God for the marvelous gift of life and for those who honor it and dignify it by placing it at the service of others; for the joyful spirit of our peoples who love music, dance, poetry, art, and sports, and cultivate firm hope in the midst of problems and struggles. We praise God because, while even while we were sinners, he showed us his love by reconciling us with himself through the death of his Son on the cross. We praise him because he now continues pouring out his love on us through the Holy Spirit, and nourishing us with the Eucharist, bread of life (cf. Jn 6:35). John Paul II’s encyclical “Gospel of Life” sheds light on the great value of human life, which we must safeguard, and for which we continually praise God.

Joy has its roots in the grace of God. Not just the accomplishment of human beings in their work or leisure or cultural expressions. The situation of sin remains in the world, but God continues to offer grace. It’s not a matter of human virtue. Grace is a gift. The uncredited reference in Ap 104 is from Romans 5.

Testimony from Pope Benedict:

107. We bless God for the gift of his Son Jesus Christ, “human face of God and divine face of man.”(Benedict XVI, Prayer for the Fifth Conference.)

From Vatican II:

The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of (humankind) take on light. Christ, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals (us to ourselves) and makes (a) supreme vocation clear.(Gaudium et Spes 22)

And what may that vocation be? In part it is the praise of God. This praise is well-offered in the living out of a life that aspires to the code (not just a genetic code!) written into our very being. A final testimony from Pope John Paul II:

108. We bless God the Father because all human beings sincerely open to truth and goodness, even amidst difficulties and uncertainties, can come to the point of discovering in the natural law written in their hearts (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its beginning to its natural end, and affirm the right of every human being to have this fundamental personal good fully respected. “Every human interaction and the political community itself are founded”(Evangelium Vitae 2) on the recognition of this right.

Thoughts on this?

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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