Filed under: Pro-life
Yesterday was the feast day of Epiphany which recalls the visit of the three kings to the newborn baby Jesus in Bethlehem (Mt 2:1-18). The visit of the three kings to the newborn baby and His parents reminds me of the people I have met over the years who have been involved with helping distressed pregnant women in need of medical, social and other Pro-Life services. From the early 1970’s to the present day there have been hundreds of thousands of people who have tried to help pregnant women in need, particularly women ambivalent about the pregnancy, those contemplating abortion or those actually going into abortion facilities to obtain abortions. Primarily, these pro-life volunteers have worked in Pregnancy Counseling Centers (and with their pregnancy hotlines) or have been sidewalk counselors who peacefully congregate in front of abortion facilities to try and reach out to those about to kill their unborn children.
Let’s look at the Gospel story. First we have three differing types of Kings: Jesus “king of the Jews” (verse 2), king Herod who wants Jesus killed (v. 13) and the three kings who come to give homage to Jesus (v. 2, 11). So kingship is defined by its relationship to the innocent baby. Consider the following:
The three kings are inspired by God and led by a Star as they seek the Holy Child. – Those in Pro-Life services are led by the Spirit of God to help the unborn child.
The kings are inspired to seek and worship the promised Child even before His birth. – Those in Pro-Life services are inspired to reverence the dignity of every unborn child.
The kings are filled with awe and genuine excitement at the prospect of seeing the Child. – Those in Pro-Life services have humility & good will as they turn to the unborn child.
The kings are opposed and deceived by the Government of Herod and society’s leaders. – Those in Pro-Life services are hindered in their good works by Government and others.
The kings protect the Child from Herod and this Government that is hostile to children. – Those in Pro-Life services protect unborn children from hostile Government and others.
The kings offer the Child (and His parents) gifts of “gold, frankincense and myrrh”. – Those in Pro-Life services offer unborn children and their parents resources, time & love.
The three kings of olden days are as patron saints and models to those today who take up the mission to unborn and newborn babies and their parents, through the holy ministry of Pro-Life services. If you are one of these chosen Pro-Life volunteers, know that you have been guided by Divine Light to where you are today, and give thanks to God for the privilege of serving – and trying to save the lives – of His little ones at risk and in need.
Thanks be to God for the three kings and Pro-Life Services volunteers!!!
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