Priests for Life
July 28, 2013
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus told us that if we ask, we will receive. That is what Abraham also knew and carried out in the first reading. His prayer called upon the mercy of God. Jesus says that the greatest good we can ask for is the Holy Spirit. The Spirit brings that mercy, and enables us to say “Our Father.” When we pray in that way, we are (like Abraham) calling down God’s mercy on all our brothers and sisters. We are in fact defining ourselves as brothers and sisters because of the fact that we all have one Father.
This has implications. No longer can we exclude any person from our love. Love is indivisible, and must be extended to every human being. This is the basis of our pro-life convictions. In its broadest sense, the acknowledgment of God as Father extends to his role as Creator and affirms the responsibility we have to every human being (whether Christian or not) because he/she was made by and is loved by God.
Hence, the unborn and the terminally ill cannot be excluded from personhood, from prayer, from protection, or from practical help.
When we ask, we receive. We should invite our people to join the ongoing worldwide novena to end abortion, at www.PrayerCampaign.org. What we receive, furthermore, is not simply an answer to our prayer in the form of God doing something. What we receive is part of the heart of God. He makes us compassionate as he is, and he gives us the grace to live out that compassion as true brothers and sisters united in the Holy Spirit with one Father.
“Priests for Life represents a family of ministries that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement, for clergy and laity alike, in a wide variety of activities. This has come to pass precisely because priests are not ordained for themselves, but for the people. So in activating clergy, we are activating all the segments of the Church, the pro-life movement, and the wider society in the defense of life.”
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July 28, 2013
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer is shorter than the more familiar version found in Matthew’s gospel. However, all the essential elements are there. We are asked to address God as “Father” because that word, in normal circumstances, suggests to a child both strength and love. This leads us to the rather astounding conclusion that God’s supreme power is made available to us through his love.