Pope Francis used his Sunday homily to encourage us all to say ‘Yes’ to life and not death.
In front of an estimated 200,000 pilgrims who joined the Pope on Evangelium Vitae Day, a day which celebrates the Gospel of Life, the Pope said that “all too often, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others.”
The Pope then spoke about how society is rejecting God and how people believe that by doing so, by rejecting Christ and the Gospel of Life, they will somehow be led to freedom, to complete human fulfilment. He said, “as a result, the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.”
Concluding, the Pope invited the gathered faithful to “say ‘yes’ to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints.”
To say that these words by Pope Francis ring true for today’s society would be a negligible underestimation. They are frighteningly on the mark and sum up the undervalued commodity that life has become. Abortion and euthanasia are the rights society is thirsting for in today’s world. Not life. Only last week did Belgium all but confirm that it would extend the right to euthanize to children in a move which further devalues the single most basic human right of life. How ironic that, in a world which vociferously prides itself in its human rights record, the one right that is being chipped away is life.
Remember to support our own Sisters of the Gospel of Life and their great work in the city of Glasgow. Please visit their website here and also consider attending the monthly pro-life Mass which takes place at Our Lady of Consolation in Govanhill. The next Mass is this Wednesday 19 June. Please see our Events Diary for details.