Thursday, November 1, 2012

Unborn but not forgotten

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

They cried out in a loud voice:
"Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb."

He said to me,
"These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

 -- Revelation 7:9-10,14
Today as I was worshipping at Mass in celebration of All Saints Day all I could think about was the unborn and especially those millions that had their lives taken from them before they could ever take their first breaths or speak their first words or take their first steps. They are with the angels now.

When I heard the first reading from Revelation about "the great multitude wearing white robes" for some reason my mind immediately thought of them. Later in the reading they are described as "the ones who have survived the time of great distress" and I thought how appropriate this was. Their robes have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb. They are the martyrs without names and without faces. We never had the chance to meet them or talk to them or to get to know them and to love them.

In the following video some of these unborn children that were most at risk but that through the grace of God were given life speak out. These are the children that were conceived in rape.

The second reading of the Mass drew me further into contemplation.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.

 -- 1 John 3:2
It's true, we are all God's children. We all share a common Father. And we are all "unborn" because we are not truly "born" until we pass from this life to the next. That is why we celebrate a saint's feast day on the day of their death -- the day on which they enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Peace be with you.

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