40 Days for Life daily meditations for days 22-28

From the 40 Days for Life – St. Louis Prayer Team:

Daily Mediations
October 13th – 19th

Day 22: Wednesday, October 13th

Jude 1:9:
Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!”

The dignity that St. Michael offers even to the fallen adversary, Satan, doomed forever to hell is a reminder of the respect we owe all human beings. Clearly, if St. Michael would not chastise Satan, knowing even fallen Satan still to be loved by God and having the dignity of being loved by God, how much more are we to have a similar respect for those who believe in abortion. They remain fiercely loved by God. Yes, we judge deeds as objectively evil as we are called to do; we judge laws as unhealthy for society, and so on as we are called to do. But we also follow the example of St. Michael, and are reminded by St. Michael of the dignity we owe all peoples. And so it is with the Hope that God in His mercy will lead our misguided, sometimes broken, brothers and sisters to redemption that we revile them not, but gently call them Home.

Day 23: Thursday, October 14th
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

Philippians 2:6-8:
Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

That Jesus came as a child is no small matter. In a world cursed in Genesis 3 due to sin, Jesus recasts all humanity because He Himself was human. He recasts the dignity of the womb, because He Himself was in the womb. He recasts being a child, because He Himself was a child. He recasts work, and leisure, and friendship, and even death because He Himself did not find these things beneath Him, but enjoyed them as a Human and as God. If Jesus Himself was all of these, who dares to say a baby in the womb is not a human.

Day 24: October 15th
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

Philippians 2:6-8:
Though He was in the form of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

Christ is the fullness of revelation of Who God is and who man is. So when Jesus follows the plan the Father has laid out, we should realize that we are to follow in His Footsteps and follow the plan God has laid out for us. So when our Lord permits the Gift of Life, a soul, to infuse a body, it means He longs for that person to come and bless HIS world. And it is His plan that we should accept with love that child, and not destroy it as nothing, for it is His plan we interfere with, and His child we destroy through abortion.

Day 25: Saturday, October 16th

Jeremiah 1:5:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.

How much more plain can our God be? Each person is accounted for in His wonderful plan; each person has a mission. Each person is part of God’s work to make this world the mosaic of beauty the our Lord has always desired it to be.

Day 26: Sunday, October 17th

Deuteronomy 31:6:
Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

It is the Lord who has ordained that all life is Sacred. Have no fear to demonstrate your conviction of this Truth. It is His Truth that you speak, not a Truth made from human conventions or human respect. And His Truth and wisdom surpasses all human wisdom. His power surpasses all human power.

Day 27: Monday, October 18th

Luke 1:39-41:
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

Consider this child, St. John the Baptist, three to four months along, had the Spiritual Insight to recognize the savior, who could have been no more than a month a long in the womb of Mary.

Day 28: Tuesday, October 19th

Exodus 4:11:
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

It is the Lord who has us fearfully and wonderfully made. We are His creation, male and female, He created us. Can man even begin to create such beauty, and even should we learn to clone a human being, we are in essence playing with God’s priceless building blocks. So how do we dare terminate something so wondrous that God has made?  Consider the dignity of all men and women before God. All these souls are assigned a majestic angel to protect them in their life’s journey. These little ones conceived in the womb are given a mighty angel to safeguard them throughout life. That is how important every soul, born and unborn, is.

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