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<< Sunday, August 31, 1997 >> 22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
 
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm 15

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James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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PRO-LIFE IN EVERY WAY

 
"He wills to bring us to birth with a word." —James 1:18
 

God's words are spirit and life (Jn 6:63). God's word gives life as a husband's seed gives life by being united to his wife's egg, for God's word is like seed (Mk 4:14). However, if we contracept by preventing God's word from penetrating us, we never receive new life from God's word.

Even if we let God's word take root in us, we may still abort the word, as a mother can abort the newly conceived person implanted in the wall of her uterus. However, we must choose life and resist the temptation to abort the word. We must "humbly welcome the word that has taken root" in us, with its power to save us (Jas 1:21).

If we nurture the new life of God's word by acting on it (Jas 1:22), if we receive "it, not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God at work within (us) who believe" (1 Thes 2:13), then the Lord will "bring us to birth with a word spoken in truth" (Jas 1:18).

"Be fertile" (Gn 1:28) spiritually and biblically, for "your rebirth has come, not from a destructible but from an indestructible seed, through the living and enduring word of God" (1 Pt (1:23).

 
Prayer: Father, may all readers of One Bread, One Body reject contraception and abortion in every way.
Promise: "What great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?" —Dt 4:8
Praise: Praise Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11:25). Praise Jesus, the Author of Life (Acts 3:15). Praise You, Jesus, the Life (Jn 14:6).
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Birth Control.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 1, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 4, 1997
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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