TOPIC 1: LIFE-GIVING CHRISTIANS
SESSION 1 The Culture of Life
- The Gospel of Life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. (Evangelium Vitae # 1)
- “I came that you may have life and have it abundantly.” (Jn 10,10) This refers to the new and eternal life (the next life).
- We are called to a fullness of life to share in the very life of God. This is the right to life that everyone must defend. (EV#2) Human life has dignity from the beginning to its natural end. (EV#38)
- The Gospel of Life is not just a reflection of human life but something concrete and personal – proclaiming the very person of Jesus. (EV#29) To proclaim Jesus is itself to proclaim life because Jesus is the “word of life.” (EV#80)
- The gospel of life is not for believers alone; it is for everyone. The issue of life and its defense and promotion is not a concern of Christians alone. (EV#101)
- To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. We must acknowledge and defend the right to life. (EV#101)
- The Culture of Life is the Culture of Christ
- The Culture of Christ is everything He ever said and did. All this was consistent with the will of the Father. All was for our salvation and done out of great love for us.
- God the Father gives us life in Creation.
- Creation means God made us out of nothing to be human persons upon conception. With a beginning, the human person has a soul which means he will never have an end. We will live forever, in the next life.
- Creation also means that God sustains us and all of creation every moment of our existence. If God willed for us and creation to cease to be, we would all disappear. But God loves us so much that He not only created us upon conception, but continues to keep us in existence today and every day.
- God the Son, Jesus Christ gives us life through His Incarnation.
- While we are alive, what Jesus Christ did is He became one of us. He went down to our level to elevate us to His.
- Because of this, He perfected humanity. He assumed humanity and made it something more than it used to be. Now all of humanity was graced, and blessed and changed forever, because Jesus became one of us.
- We now have the ability to be perfectly human, because Jesus perfected humanity. Perfect humanity means the ability to be our true self, the one God originally meant us to be, but more than that. Yet, it is not possible on our own. We need God’s Spirit in us through and through. We are deeply, utterly and completely dependent on God.
- The Blessed Virgin Mary shows us that it is possible because she lived a life of holiness and perfect humanity.
- God the Holy Spirit give us life by His Indwelling.
- The Holy Spirit gives us life by dwelling within us. By His presence we can be holy, good and life-giving to others.
- All life comes from God’s Spirit who continues to dwell in us.
- The evidence that God’s Spirit dwells in us is the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5,22)
- The Culture of Life is the Mission of the Church
- Just as God gives us life through the Father, Son and Spirit, He expects us to carry out this mission of being life-giving to others.
- We are to inspire others by our words and witness that they may experience the life of God working through our lives.
- We must strive to stand up for life, especially among the sick, poor and weak, who may not be able to stand up for their lives and for their rights, themselves.
- Only when immersed in the Spirit of God can we truly be life-giving. The call to proclaim the Gospel and Culture of Life is difficult, but with God, all things are possible.
Is the Culture of Life evident in my life?
Do I see how each Person in the Blessed Trinity bring life to me and call me in turn to bring life to others?