Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” ~ Luke 1:39-45
What a great testimony about life in the womb! The baby, John the Baptist, leaped for joy at seeing Mary with Jesus in her womb. He was not a clump of cells or “the product of reproduction” or any of the other names people invent to pretend unborn babies aren’t humans. Perhaps not every baby leaps for joy in the womb—after all no baby today has seen the Lord. But every baby is a human being created by God the Father. Every baby is valued and loved by our Lord. Jesus Himself chose to spend time in the womb as an unborn baby because that is how God puts people—and even His Son, who was fully man and fully God—onto this earth.
Father God, as we remember baby Jesus during Advent and Christmas season and throughout the year, let us value Your precious children in the wombs of mothers everywhere. Protect them from those who would take their lives before they’ve had a chance to live and shower them with Your love. In the name of Jesus Christ, who was fully human in Mary’s womb. Amen
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