“Do not be afraid,” he says. “Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” How comforting to know that God is aware of and looking out for every detail of our lives and wants to provide for us in all of our necessities. If he knows the number of strands of our hair, how much more is he intimately familiar with our needs, problems and desires. We are never alone in our trials and struggles; Jesus is always with us, watching over us. In addition, he has given us his Mother Mary, the best of mothers, to care for and protect us. With Jesus and Mary, we have friends in the Church Triumphant and can depend on the constant intercession of the saints in heaven to assist us.
On the Value of Human Life
In today’s Gospel, (Matt 10:26-33) we are told that we are “worth more than many sparrows.” Our lives are precious and valuable to God. On the value of human life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude.” (CCC 1700) Because we are created in God’s image and likeness, each human being is important to him. In order to preserve and fulfill that dignity, we are expected to persevere in faith and good works and to strive to grow in virtue and holiness to become more like God.
Life Under Attack
The sanctity of human life is under attack today. Examples are abortion, euthanasia, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the death penalty. Human life is degraded and devalued very often in more subtle ways such as gossip and discrimination Some have forgotten that people are more important than things, and that every life has value, no matter how healthy, productive, or planned. Along with becoming actively and prayerfully involved in Pro-life efforts, how can we advance the culture of life that the Church seeks to preserve and proclaim?
Building the Kingdom of God
Not all of us are called to be on the front lines of the Pro-life movement; however, we can promote the value of life in our everyday activities and encounters. There are so many ways we can build others around us up. The most basic thing we can do is to love. We are called to love, even when it is hard; even when we don’t feel like it. Do we take the time to be the light of Christ and a life-giving presence to everyone we are in contact with from day to day, even on days and in moments when it is not so easy? Showing love and mercy are easy and effective ways to affirm the dignity of others and to help build up the Kingdom of God.
The World Needs More Love
It may sound simplistic but it is true that knowledge and love of Jesus is what is lacking in the world today. When we know Jesus, we discover his love for us and that we matter to him. It follows that when we are aware of our own dignity and value, we are inspired to share love and spread the gospel to everyone we meet. Knowing that God truly loves us and cares for us, we can’t help but desire to extend that love and mercy to others. Undoubtedly, there are people all around us who are suffering in ways we are not aware of. A smile, a friendly greeting, an offer of prayer – these are all ways we can help others to realize their own dignity and value in God’s eyes. Mother Teresa encouraged us to, “Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” She also said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” The world needs more love – are we willing to be the ones to share it?