17 Aug Life Commandments (Mt 19:16-17) by Scott Casmer
“A young man approached Jesus and said, ‘Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?’ He answered him, ‘Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.'” ~ Mt 19:16-17 (full readings)
Scott’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asked how a person can gain eternal life. He responds that it is necessary to keep the commandments, citing “Thou shalt not kill” first. He does not give any qualifying statements or offer any loopholes. He does not say, “… unless the person is still in the womb.” Nor does He say, “… unless that person is not part of your plan.” For those of us who understand the value of life, it is clear that abortion kills one of God’s children and violates one of His commandments. This should drive us to share His vision for respecting life whenever possible and to mimic His compassion when consoling those already injured.
* Scott Casmer was part of the original fellowship group that led to the formation of the LIFE Runners and is currently the Colorado Springs LIFE Runners chapter leader. Scott works at Schriever AFB and is married with two daughters..
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