Friday in the Second Week of Lent

[Scripture Readings: Gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46]

It’s hard to understand, but there are street gangs in some cities that require new members to kill someone for their initiation into the gang. A sixteen year old girl living with her grandmother was killed at random in this way in her home, which was then set on fire.

Even the Bible is full of murderous stories about brothers against brothers, tribes against tribes, and tenants against landowners. Today we live in a culture of death where parents may kill a child by abortion, and where some states still inflict the death penalty.

Pope Francis called for a worldwide abolition of capital punishment. How much more should we respect the right to life of innocent, unborn children! May we never tire of praying, working and speaking out against the culture of death because every person is a child of God called to  eternal life.