Second Sunday of Advent

“Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news!

During this season of Advent we focus on the ministry of John the Baptist.  He was sent to prepare the way for the Lord.  He was so anxious to get started that he “leapt for joy” while he was still in his mother’s womb at the very presence of our Savior who was also still in Mary’s womb.  Wouldn’t it have been said if Elizabeth had decided that it was “inconvenient” to bear a child, especially since she was no spring chicken?  What if she had sought an abortion?

Fortunately she understood that she was carrying a human life inside her body.  She may not have understood what God had in store for her child, but you and I do.  And we understand that every yet-to-be-born child has the potential to do great things.  You and I have an obligation to our God to work toward the preservation of all human life;  unborn, born, and near the end.  Only God has the power to determine when life begins and when it ends.

We are into the second week of preparation for the greatest birth of all.  But, every birth is special.  Every human being is entitled to our respect and is entitled to live his or her life to the fullest.  If we don’t accord every single human birth  the reverence and awe that we extend to the Son of God, then we’re not really living the Christian life, are we?

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