Aparecida 112-113: Threats To Life

Let’s wrap up the Aparecida bishops on the Good News of Life. Nobody denies various threats to life. Let’s not deceive ourselves that life has not been under threat in various ways in history, if not from abortion and outright warfare, then through discrimination, mob injustice, corruption, and other crimes that tickle the human lust for revenge, control, power, and just plain cruelty. The Lord stands against such impulses, and to the degree we participate or even allow such things, he does not stand with us:

112. In the face of exclusion, Jesus defends the rights of the weak and a decent life for every human being. From their Master the disciples have learned to struggle against every form of contempt for life and exploitation of the human person.(Cf. Benedict XVI, Message for Lent, 2007) Only the Lord is author and master of life. Human beings, his living image, are always sacred, from their conception until their natural death, in all circumstances and conditions of their life. In the face of the structures of death, Jesus makes full life present. “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). Hence, he heals the sick, expels demons, and commits the disciples to promoting human dignity and to social relations based on justice.

Are we prepared to act as Christ did? To heal, to set free, to expel the demonic, to promote goodness and virtue?

113. In the face of nature under threat, Jesus, who was familiar with the Father’s care for the creatures that He feeds and beautifies (cf. Lk 12:28), calls us to care for the earth so that it may provide shelter and sustenance to all human beings (cf. Gen 1:29; 2:15).

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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