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, April 22, 2012
CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer: 4/22/2012
“'He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.' Thus it is written that the Messiah is to suffer and die and rise on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations.”
Luke 24: 46-47 April 22, 2012 3rd Sunday of Easter -
“There’s more here than meets the eye.” How true this proverb is when we try to examine how God is present and acts in our lives. In the gospel story, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus needed Jesus to come and explain to them what had happened.
The Second Vatican Council states that “we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery.” In other words in the life of every human being, “there is more than meets the eye.” God is quietly, universally at work urging us to be “pro-life” by enabling us, Christian and non-Christian, to be joined by His grace to the ongoing, continual movement of Jesus from death to new life.
Lord God Almighty, our Creator, teach us to understand more profoundly that every human life is sacred, whether it belongs to an unborn infant or to a terminally-ill patient, to a handicapped child or to a disabled adult. Remind us, heavenly Father, that each individual has been made in Your image and likeness and has been redeemed by Christ. Help us to see each other with Your eyes, so that we may reverence, preserve and sustain Your gift of life in them, and use our own lives more faithfully in Your service. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors