Warning: Some folks may find this reflection offensive. And well they should. You've been warned.
The Gospel reading today from Luke 13 is the story of Jesus being chastised for healing a crippled woman on the sabbath; this was considered “work,” so was against the law. Jesus says, “Hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? Ought [this woman] not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?”
In other words, these folks were perfectly willing to treat their animals humanely, but wouldn’t have compassion on a human being. Does that sound familiar? It should. We live in a culture where if you mistreat an animal in any way, you’re toast. Yet we have no problem with slaughtering the child in the womb. Think of this for a moment - if it was discovered that someone was ripping open the womb of pregnant dogs and dismembering all of her puppies and unceremoniously tossing the remains in the trash, do you think the public outrage would be enormous? I think so. People would be incensed. PETA would be all over the news and the perpetrator would be castigated and, no doubt, prosecuted harshly. Yet, with human babies...
Father, teach us to put people first, from the moment of conception until natural death. May a spirit of repentance come upon this people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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