January 22, 2014
(Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children)
“Don’t forget that He whom the whole universe cannot contain, was “hidden” in the womb of the Holy Virgin for nine months. Once you realize this, you will be awe-filled for the double mystery that God has confided to you: to conceive a human being made to God’s image and likeness, and to give birth to him…”
— Alice von Hildebrand, Philosopher, “Letter to a Young Girl”
God, author of all life,
bless, we pray, all unborn children.
Give constant protection and grant healthy births
which are signs of our rebirth
into the eternal joy of heaven…
(Edited excerpt from the Prayer of Blessing, USCCB)
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Ironically, all of our Mass readings today speak about death, rather than Life. Young David graphically dispatches the Philistine, Goliath (1 Sm 17:32-51). Our Psalm reading says, “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war” Ps 144. And after Jesus heals another disfigured brother on the sabbath, the Pharisees are also out to kill him.
Yet there is one quote from Jesus today, that negates all the evil, all the vindictiveness that we suffer within our human hearts. Jesus, quite dismayed at the cold attitude of the Pharisees, asked, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Mk 3:1-6
You see, beloved, beyond the anger, the hurt, the revenge that fills our hearts when we’ve been hurt by others; beyond the selfishness that brings us to war because our possessions were damaged or stolen by others; beyond the selfishness that brings us to kill an indefensible fetus in the womb – the very product of a maybe-fleeting love or even a forced sexual encounter; we seem to forget the ultimate value of ALL Life – LIFE that we ourselves are!
The sabbath was the day on which all work was to be postponed so that God might be foremost in their and our thoughts. But when we place God above the value of Life, we’re actually smiting God by our own self centeredness. God IS in the preserving of that life. God is in the healing, and God is in the Love that we offer others EVERY DAY, and especially on the sabbath. We are believers in LIFE, in all it’s forms and despite our natural greed.
Jesus died that we may have LIFE!
And it’s LIFE that we offer back to Him!
Praise the Lord.
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