In John’s Gospel, we read the story of the man born blind. He receives his sight, and then gets the spiritual eyesight to know that Jesus is Lord. The Pharisees, instead, insist on remaining blind about Jesus, even though the evidence of his power is staring them in the face.
So it is today with those who support abortion. In spite of clear and present evidence about who this child is, and how violent abortion is, some refuse to see. That is why, along with presenting the evidence, we pray that they may have open hearts to receive that evidence.
The same openness of heart that enables one to believe in Jesus enables one to welcome the truth about the unborn child. But if we miss who the child is, we’ve really missed Jesus too.
Wednesday of Holy Week has traditionally been known as “Spy Wednesday,” because the Gospel passage of today says that Judas “kept looking for an opportunity to betray” Jesus.
What a sad commentary this is about how we can abuse our freedom of choice. The door of opportunity opens both ways. Every moment provides opportunities for growing closer to God or for betraying Him. Some are always spying for the chance to do the cowardly thing.
We are called, however, to spy for the opportunity to do heroic things. We are called to be on the lookout at all times for opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of Life, and to defend the sanctity of life.
May the sin of Judas keep us mindful of our weakness and determined to be faithful.