This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.” (Genesis 9:5)
Reflection: We are accountable to God for many things. The first is life itself. God does not say here that we are simply accountable for our own life, as if we were each an island. He says we are responsible for the lives of others. From the beginning, God makes us a community of persons, not simply a collection of persons. And nobody is to be excluded.
Prayer: Father, you have made us accountable to you. Turn our minds and hearts outward rather than inward, toward a ceaseless care of others. Amen.