Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the
Unborn January 22, 2020.
Columban Sisters on mission in Myanmar, China and Pakistan met in Asia for a meeting during this past week. Last Sunday at Mass, we were captured by a couple wearing a tee-shirt, holding a beautiful baby in their arms, with the Gospel message on their backs saying: Remember the Unborn. Jeremiah 1:5. It was a stark message and couldn’t be missed because of the colour of the shirts and it just stood out boldly.
Today is a day of prayer for the legal protection on the Unborn, held every year on January 22nd and so it is apt to look up Jeremiah 1:5 and see what it has to say.
At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. The presence of an illness, disability, or other challenging situation never diminishes the value of a human life. God does not call us to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love. Christ invites us to embrace our own lives and the lives of others as true gifts.
But Christ came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), taking on human flesh for the sake of our redemption. May our culture experience the power of God’s transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.
Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving protection. This violent practice ends the life of a human being at its very beginning and affects horribly wounds affects greatly those involved.
Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.
Help us to cherish and protect
this gift, even in the midst of
fear, pain, and suffering.
Give us love for all people,
especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.
Grant us the humility to accept help
when we are in need,
and teach us to be merciful to all.
Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy.
We ask this through
Christ, our Lord.