Friday, January 22, 2010

Abortion: "The infant leaped in her womb"

If within their hearts they do not hear the call of God, they will not hear you either, and they will not allow you to speak to them or to others. They will shut you down with pride, feeling so justified for doing so. Yet, no slaves are greater than their Master (John 13:16), for the spirit that dwells in them has used others before them to shut down your Master.

There is no room for this unborn infant in the inns of Bethlehem (Luke 2:7). There is no room for this baby in the world of King Herod; Jerusalem must have only one King (Matthew 2:6). The infants of Bethlehem are sacrificed to avoid the chaos that one infant would bring. Herod's law silences them, permits them to be massacred based on their gender and stage of life (Matthew 2:16). The voice of God's great prophet proclaims: "Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more." (Matthew 2:18).

There is no room for Jesus in their world, he is destined to be pinned to a cross, his blood and life drawn out of him. Their actions are justified by human laws. Even spirituals among them justify this necessary action of silencing the one for the sake of others (John 18:14) . They choose to draw life and blood out of him, so that they don't have to hear him again. His innocent pure voice counters the world's voice, which they have given consent to govern their hearts. The real Jesus must never be heard again, for human hearts can never have two masters they must accept one and reject the other (Matthew 6:24).

Should you judge them for shutting you down? Far from it. Even more, repeat your Master's prayer for them as he hangs on the cross "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." (Luke 24: 34). Invite them to take courage and choose to hear God in their hearts, so that they can choose to let go of the darkness that enslaves them with fear. Invite them to take up the light of Christ that bring them life, a light that has no part in darkness, shines in it, and cannot be overcome by it (John 1:5).

It is my brother who informed me how Mother Teresa replied when she was asked about abortion. I don't have her exact words but I am basing my words below on her simple answer.

The first human person to proclaim the arrival of our Lord Jesus the Christ with us here on earth is an unborn infant in his mother's womb, and his name is John. According to our Holy Scriptures, Luke 1:39-56, the unborn infant John, when hearing the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, leaped in Elizabeth's womb, letting his mother know who is in her presence. The Holy Spirit fills her, and she cries out to Mary:

"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does it happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:42-44)

John does what God sent him to do. He testifies to the true light that enlightens everyone so that all might believe through him. He testifies to the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. (John 1:6ff)

In John's first testimony, Jesus is an infant in his mother's womb. Does Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, call Mary "Mother-to-be of my Lord"? Far from it; she calls her after being filled with the Holy Spirit, "mother of my Lord." She also refers to John as the "infant in my womb," an unborn infant that "leaps for joy" .

Open your eyes my dear brothers and sisters. Or better yet, open your hearts so that you can see as God wants you to see. Put away fear and have no choice in darkness. Be brave and trust in God.

God is well aware of the heaviness of your cross and even more of your ability to carry it as long as you stay focused on him. God will fill your heart with joy that no one can take from you. Remember his words: "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me." (Luke 9:48).

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