UNBORN WORD of the day

July 25, 2010, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Biblical Reflections, Pro-life

The beginning of life, like the end of life, is shrouded in mystery. The human person at each end of this spectrum is drawn into it, turned about within it, slowly compelled to stare at it. Life’s full blown mystery beckons…..

Gen 3:19  “…till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Eccl 12:7  “…and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

Job 1:21  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Mystery begs contemplation! And the unborn child is immersed in mystery… for in the dust, the human spirit, the nakedness, and yes in the “beckoning” – there is mystery abundant.

Compounding the metaphysical mystery of the unborn child’s life is the existential mystery of his/her passage through a nine month journey of incipiency, a phenomenal rapid growing unparalleled by any other human experience. Throughout this developing awesome growth the unborn child tastes, hears, sees, touches – and then even dreams of these experiences, and in a primitive self-reflective manner – ponders or wonders….

Psalm 139:13-16  “For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb…. Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

In a sense, an unknown yearning sense, the unborn child longs for “the days that were formed for (this child)”…”every one of them”… This is more than a mere instinct for survival – this is the holy Will of his/her Creator that beckons the unborn child onward. A primordial hope welling up within the unborn child’s maturing heart as it timidly images the Great Heart of God.

Birth! The newborn scrambles onto the human stage post haste. Humanity, Beauty and Creation embrace the child! Within the newborn heart the engine of Hope draws the child from disorientation to expectation! And from without, human Love carries this newborn contemplative through the mystery of those early days…!

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