There is a powerful threshold-like verse in the Old Testament that is rather striking. Moses, the law giver, speaks the Lord’s words to the people: “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live…” (Dt 30:19)
We today – every day – must also choose life! Here are some of the daily choices that Christians face: God or mammon (Mt 6:24), Christ or Anti-Christ (II Jn.7), Gospel of Life or a so-called gospel of death, a Culture of Life or a culture of death, and finally Incarnation or abortion.
This last choice is purposely posed in unusual terminology for several reasons. Jesus came into the world as an unborn baby, starting His human life at conception like the rest of us. And like the rest of us He was birth-bound, Bethlehem-bound, on a journey of development and growth. But He later put these nine months into a different light when He taught us: “…as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). When a child is conceived, God has an immediate interest in the temporal and eternal welfare of that child (I Tim 2:1-4). When a child is conceived, Christ Incarnate identifies Himself with that little one right from the start. Just as the Incarnation is a gift to all humanity, so the life of a little child is also a little gift to us all.
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