21 Oct Human Dignity (Lk 12:15) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Then he said to the crowd, ‘Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.'” ~ Lk 12:15 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In the Gospel today, the rich man was blessed with a bountiful harvest. He could have shared his plenty with the hungry, but instead of growing rich for God, he chose to grow rich for himself. Humans tend to live like animals, whose only purpose in life is to fulfill their own bodily needs (greed, lust, power). In the beginning, even Adam realized he was “different” from the animals God created. He was made in God’s image. God gave him freedom; the capacity to choose between good and evil; between life and death. We need to realize that we are different than animals. We are made in the image and likeness of God. God has exalted human dignity by becoming one of us, and therefore we need to also respect the dignity of all human life, born and unborn. Do not compromise your human and Christian dignity in order to fulfill your own selfish needs, for you were created for so much more. God gave us the freedom to share in His love and communion for eternity.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Never live below your human and Christian dignity, but respect the dignity of all human life.
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