Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Respect for life: a matter of the heart

The Lord Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, known to be the height of Christian spirituality, speaks extensively of the moral law as something that Jesus, far from having come to relativise and abolish, expressly confirms it and takes it very seriously. Prescribed by God to all human creatures, the moral law is and remains the standard of justice that defines what our non-negotiable rights and our duties are. Jesus shows how it should be established first of all in our hearts. That is the work of the gospel in all those who receive him. In the biblical text submitted to us today (Matthew 5:21-26) Jesus tells us, on the basis of the sixth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," how in God's will, life needs to be protected and promoted in all its forms.

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