Be "Doers of the Word"

Respect Life Sunday

When God asked Cain the whereabouts of his brother Abel, he replied, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9). This response is essentially selfish and represents the exact opposite of what any human being should feel for other human beings, especially those who are weak, poor, suffering or in distress. St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading, “Humbly regard others as more important than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3)

This Sunday is designated as Respect Life Sunday. Respect for life means caring for all forms of lives which includes the unborn child in the womb of its mother, the infants, the teenagers, the adults, the old-aged, the sick, the poor, the homeless and the immigrants. Jesus stood for the rights of the poor and the marginalized of the society. He wants us to be pro-active and Pro-life!

The culture of death is so prevalent in our society. Acts of terrorism, bombings and shootings are on the rise, which result in the killings of many innocent human lives. Over a Million unborn children are killed each year by abortion. Human lives are forcefully taken away through Capital punishment, Euthanasia or mercy killing. We are created to be caretakers of one another. Our Christian faith calls for active response. Through today’s Gospel Parable Jesus invites us to be “doers of the word.”

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN