People as tools

Ezekiel 33:10-11: “Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: ‘Thus you say, “If our transgressions and our sins lie upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?” ’ Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, when we remember the plight of the unborn. Our nation’s guilt does lie heavily upon us, and we pine away. As we prepare to confess our sins this morning, it behooves us to consider not only the sins of others, sacrificing lives on the altar of their own convenience, but also to consider the ways in which we do this ourselves. How often do we see others as obstacles or tools to get what we want? Do we view our little brothers or sisters as inconveniences? Do we count up the families at church that see things our way, or love each family as they are? Let us recognize the image of God in each person we meet.


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