Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer: 4th Sunday of Advent
"Drop down from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One. Let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior."
Entrance Antiphon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 45:8)
December 18, 2011 4th Sunday of Advent
Christmas draws near. To help us appreciate the gift of Christmas, the Church sets before us what are called the Seven O Antiphons. Rich with imagery of the Old Testament, these descriptions of Jesus help us to understand the mystery of God’s love. This year and every year God wants to be our wisdom, our light, our Lord, and in perhaps the most beautiful description, he wishes to be Emmanuel, God-with-us.
May we always be open and willing to welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts, into our world.
Let us acclaim Christ our Lord: O Wisdom of God, you are our wisdom. O Root of Jesse, you are the vine and we are the branches. O Lord of Lords, you are the newborn child. Key of David, you are the key to the gates of heaven. O Dayspring, you are the light of the world. O Ruler of the world, you are the Lord of lords. O Emmanuel, you are God-with-us.
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors