JANUARY 23, 2019 is the 46th anniversary of the infamous Roe V. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court. That day, it became legal to kill an baby in the womb of the mother. That baby could have turned 46 years old this year. But as we know, that baby and millions more after him would become victims of a “culture of death” that considers the termination of the life of an unborn as something honorable and desirable.
We just celebrated the Birth of the Lord. That birth is a testimony of how God entered human history and became human. He created the human race and embraced humanity as the greatest expression of his love. As the Gospel of St. John says, “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Human life is special; human life is precious. Every human life, therefore, is loveable and deserves to be loved and protected. In the Book of Psalms (Psalm 8), King David is humbled by the grandeur of the universe and yet placed the human race at the center:
“What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor”
Human life is not an accident. Human life is not a burden. Human life is not a disgrace. Human life is the crown of creation that gives so much joy to God to the point that God did not think twice when He decided to enter human history. Therefore, only a non-believer would fail to appreciate the beauty and dignity of human life. Only a non-believer would rejoice and promote a culture of violence and death.
This month, many people would mark the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in various ways. Some would join the March for Life, others might hold prayer vigils at home or in their churches. Let this day be observed not only as a public expression of our defense for the dignity of human life. Let this also be a personal commitment and prayer to be able to recognize the goodness of God in every human being. Let us pray for and work towards a culture that celebrates life. By celebrating life, we honor and please God.
Here in the Philippines, we are slowly being fed with an evil misinformation claiming that some form of life are dispensable, that there are “others” who do not deserve another day. But as believers we have a response to that false claim. Life is precious. Let us protect it from the moment of conception to natural death.
I wish all of you a Blessed and Healthy 2019, full of God’s goodness and care.