Pope’s General Audience of 10 October 2018 – English summary

Dear brothers and sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Ten Commandments, we now consider the injunction against killing.  We could say that every evil is caused by a disregard for life.  Assaults upon life occur in many situations, from war and exploitation to the suppression of the vulnerable, elderly and unborn.  Ultimately it is fear that gives rise to the rejection of life.  To welcome the other, however, challenges such fear.  We see the attitude that welcomes rather than rejects life in the heart-rending concern of parents for a sick child.  Their desire to protect and save is a sign of life’s precious value, seen above all in those who suffer, who are in fact God’s gift, and who help us to grow in his love.  God’s love is the only authentic measure of life, whose secret is revealed by Jesus, who embraced the rejected, weak, poor and sick throughout his life and upon the cross.  In the midst of our weaknesses, Christ seeks our hearts in order to reveal to us the joy of love.  As the Gospel reminds us, “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).