FEAST OF THE VISITATION
While pregnant with Jesus, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Upon Mary’s greeting, Scripture retells that the child within Elizabeth’s womb–John the Baptist–"leaped for joy".
John sensed Jesus.
How can we read this passage and fail to recognize the life and presence of a human person within the womb? This day, my heart has been weighed with the sorrow of abortion in North America. And the words, "You reap what you sow" have been playing through my mind.
My bible is sitting here open to Isaiah 43. I began turning the pages when I felt that I needed to turn back and read what was there. My eyes fell on this:
I will say to the north: Give them up! and to the south: Hold not back! Bring back my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth: Everyone who is named as mine whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. (v. 6-7)
Canada (the north) and America (the south) must give up an accounting of the lives we have claimed in our clinics; nothing will be held back. We will reap what we have sown; it is a spiritual law.
And yet, as the weight of this judgment hangs over us like a dark cloud… I sensed the Lord saying in a remarkable measure of mercy: "Unless you repent."
How loudly can I shout–how far will my voice reach when I exclaim, "It is not too late! Canada repent! America repent!"?
The fruit of abortion is nuclear war. –Mother Teresa of Calcutta