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, July 29, 2012
CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection in Prayer: Reach Out to the Person in Need
“Jesus saw that a large crowd was coming to Him, and said to Philip, 'Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?'”
John 6:5 July 29, 2012 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
We probably have heard the story of the person who looks around and sees the multitudes of the hungry, the unemployed, the sick, and the lonely. He looks up to the heavens and questions God saying, “God, you are all loving and all powerful, why don’t You do something about all these suffering people?” God simply responds, “I did do something. I created you.”
It is not enough simply to see the many needs around us. It is not enough to have the seeing eye. We are challenged to act with love and compassion, and to make a difference. We are challenged to be like the Good Samaritan and reach out to the person in need. We are challenged to be like Jesus in today’s Gospel, and share food and love with the hungry and lonely. CMMB is one way in which this is done as it extends a helping hand to the underserved.
Merciful God, teach us to look with Your eyes of compassion at the sufferings of humankind, the hungry millions, the countless refugees, the natural disasters, the heartbreak and hopelessness of so many lives. Hasten the coming of the new age when nations shall be at peace, when there shall be no more pain or tears, in the assurance of Your love and the coming of Your Kingdom. Amen
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors