Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.’
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
The US Catholic Bishops have designated October as Respect Life Month and this year’s theme is Every Life Matters. In today’s reading from Genesis, we are reminded that “it is not good for us to be alone.” Pope Francis encourages us to seek those living on the peripheries, “the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped –all who are in danger of being ‘thrown away’, expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs.” The antidote to the “throw away” culture is a culture of community, a culture in which we realize that we belong to each other. Today in particular, I think of the families who embrace their brother, sister, or child with special needs; the adults who care for aging parents with tenderness; and the Prep students who regularly volunteer working with the homeless, kids and adults with disabilities, and the elderly. This week, how can I live out God’s call to foster community with others, especially those on the margins?
—Dave Lawler is a Campus Minister at Creighton Prep.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of life. Help us to cherish and protect this gift, even in the midst of fear, pain, and suffering. Give us love for all people, especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living. Grant us the humility to accept help when we are in need, and teach us to be merciful to all. Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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