Thursday, November 13, 2014

Natural Death

Natural Death

   Today in NJ the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill passed the Assembly. This comes just weeks after Brittany Maynard committed suicide using the drugs that her physician prescribed for her. I am not going to say this is a simple issue or as some say, black and white when it comes to emotions. For me how we approach life and death is very black and white and most undoubtedly clear.

     It is very hard to watch our loved ones go through pain and suffer. Not for a second do I say it is not. I watched loved ones suffer and wanted to take it from, wanted to make it easier for them. I do not think there is anyone who would not want to do the same. So, then why not allow them to make a decision? Why not let them end it on their terms? 

      Why? Well, we are not God. When we decide when it is time for us to leave the living world we are saying that we are God. We make the choice when and how we take our last breath. We are saying that there are no chances of a miracle. That God can not change anything. That we have more power then God. 

    The fact of saying and believing that there is no hope scares me. We reduce how God can save us. Now, do not get me wrong. I do not live in a dream world where God saves everyone who believes or because one person prays more or that more people are praying for one person then another. I do not know or understand why someone is healed and another one is not. I wish I could explain it and make it clear and ok for everyone. I just can not. 

     Yes, there are guidelines for when this law can be used and not. Yet, there are loopholes as well. Now again, do not think that if there were no loopholes and the guideline were extremely clear that I or the church would be in favor. That is not going to happen. Many people feel this law is just and protects the rights of the sick and can only be used for the terminally ill. Who determines this? Who determines what is quality of life? Who decides when one day a life is a life and the next a life that is to end? This law starts a path on a very slippery slope and a path that only can end in disaster. 

    Where does it end? Who decides the limits? When does one say your life is not worth continuing on? If you do not think that will happen, you are fooling yourself. Someone feels that if they ever become a paraplegic then their life is not worth living. I lose my arm or a leg, my life is not worth living. I become reliant on others to help me dress, eat and bath, my life is not worth living. I have downs syndrome, my life is not worth living. Then it becomes those who are watching and caring for loved ones. They start to say they would not want to live this way, they need to end their life and I am speaking for them because they lost their voice or function. Do you really think this will not happen? This idea already was used by someone. Do you know who? Hitler. Hitler felt those who’s lives that were not up to par should be killed. You now say, Come on thats a stretch. Really? I hope and pray you are right and I am wrong. But, I will not stand by and just watch this new attack on the sanctity of life go without objection and allow it to just be. 

     We have to stand together united to save all life. From Conception to Natural Death. We are not God and need to allow God to work. I ask us to pray and vote to save lives and not end them. I know this is not an easy thing for us to do. To look past all the pain and suffering and to see what is beyond it. To see a God who is there to help our loved ones and those who are there by their side. 

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and may we protect all life, in all stages, from Conception to Natural Death. 

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 495
Reading 1
2 JN 4-9
[Chosen Lady:]
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth
just as we were commanded by the Father.
But now, Lady, I ask you,
not as though I were writing a new commandment
but the one we have had from the beginning:
let us love one another.
For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;
this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,
in which you should walk.

Many deceivers have gone out into the world,
those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh;
such is the deceitful one and the antichrist.
Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for
but may receive a full recompense.
Anyone who is so “progressive”
as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God;
whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
With all my heart I seek you;
let me not stray from your commands.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Within my heart I treasure your promise,
that I may not sin against you.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Be good to your servant, that I may live
and keep your words.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Open my eyes, that I may consider
the wonders of your law.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
LK 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.” 
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”

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