Homily for The Day of Pray for the Protection of Unborn Children

Here is my homily from this morning’s Mass. God bless you!

That one sentence from yesterday’s Gospel keeps ringing in my ears, especially on a day like today: “Then they remained silent.”

We Christians cannot remains silent! We are called to be witnesses to the Truth. Witnesses to Life! We must speak out.

On this day some 40 years ago, I was a high school senior and I remember a classmate of mine coming up to me that day and saying, “Bob, did you hear what they have done?” Then I read the headlines on how the Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 50 states and territories. Even then as a high school student I could scarcely believe it. I could have predicted with accuracy the full impact of that decision, but we are seeing that impact in our society today.

Satan is extremely adept at taking something and twisting it in such a way that what is evil sounds very good. He is very good at this, and has been able to insert lies and deceptions into the minds of so many people today to the point where abortion is justified in their minds.

Life is not a commodity that we take from God. It is not a commodity that we are to manage and spend and dispose of in some way. No. Life is a gift to be received from God. We are not to take life out of God’s hands. We are to receive it from his hands and cherish it as a great gift. That is the truth. That is what we are called to witness, to say, to speak openly about to all the world.

Let us this day pray for those whose hearts are hardened and deceived. Let us this day discern how and in what way we may share in the mistaken notions about life that permeate our world. Let us pray for the sacredness of all human life, from conception to natural death.


About Deacon Bob

Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
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