The Denver March for Life is on January 14th, while the March of Life in Washington D.C. is on January 19th. Human life is holy and we want all of society to know that we need to show respect for human life at all stages of life. The deeper truth in all of these ideas is that our own body is not our own. Our body belongs to God, and God expects us to use the body morally.
The second reading for this weekend is from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul tells us that our body is not our own. Immorality is a core problem in the abortion and euthanasia issues. The same misunderstanding about the body existed in Paul’s time as it does today. An example of this is the bumper sticker that I saw that said: “My body, my choice!” The consequence of bringing a child into this world is compounded when children are seen as property. Both ideas are wrong. We human beings are both body and soul. The body we are in, not only can die, it will die. Our bodies are temporary; our permanent body will be given to us at the Resurrection from the Dead. Our bodies need to be treated like a holy temple. We have been purchased and at a price.
When we pray for the end of abortion and euthanasia we need to remember that we must keep our bodies holy. Immorality is a hypocrisy that nullifies our cause. Our world will only learn about the sanctity of human life from those of us who live as if our bodies are truly not our own.
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.