One day, the Lord Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain, and was transfigured before their eyes. His clothes became as bright as the sun, Moses and Elijah were seen speaking with him about his upcoming passion, and the Father’s voice was heard declaring that he was his Son.
All this was a sign to those apostles that they should not be troubled by the events that would unfold. The betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus were to fulfill the Father’s plan for our salvation.
The Transfiguration is also a sign to us. Circumstances can make us forget that every human life is part of the Father’s plan, and that the glory of God is to be seen in every person, no matter how burdensome, unplanned, or ill that person may be.
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From the beginning of the Church, God’s people have been blessed by the ministry of deacons. The word deacon means “servant,” and a deacon serves the Church by proclaiming God’s word and carrying out various works of charity in the community. The deacon, therefore, is called to proclaim the Gospel of Life and to witness to the Church’s concern for the poorest of the poor, the unborn children.
A powerful new movement serving the least among us is Deacons in the Service of Life. This is a pro-life effort brought about through Priests for Life, and helping deacons to preach, counsel, and mobilize their parishes for pro-life activity. Many deacons feel a special calling for pro-life work, and some want to do it on a full-time basis. For more information, visit priestsforlife.org.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
So many pro-life leaders I know, including myself, have been falsely accused in public of advocating or even doing violence. Pregnancy centers, which compassionately serve parents and their babies every day, have been falsely accused of deceiving the public. Activists who try to change the laws have been falsely accused of opposing democracy.
The litany goes on and on, and proves that pro-life people are living this beatitude. They should rejoice, for their reward in heaven indeed is great. The children, who cannot know how much pro-life people love them, cannot repay them. They will be repaid in the resurrection of the just.
On Monday we observe Memorial Day, a time to remember the U.S. men and women who lost their lives serving their country. “Greater love than this no one has,” the Lord Jesus said, “than to lay down his life for his friends.” Those we honor today laid down their lives for us, that we may enjoy the freedom we have in this country. That freedom is based on the recognition of the dignity of life and the dominion of God. The practice of abortion denies both. Abortion, in fact, is contrary to everything for which America stands and upon which she was founded.
Let us honor those who died for our country, and let us build on what they left us as we strive for a Culture of Life.
Holy Thursday, a day sacred to all Christians, is the day on which Jesus gave us the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the commandment of charity. All are symbolized by His washing the feet of His disciples. He told us on this sacred night that we are to wash each other’s feet. We are to do what is unpleasant in order to serve one another; we are to get ourselves dirty in order to love one another.
Tonight, as we all join in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, let us recommit ourselves to loving and serving the least among us, the smallest and most vulnerable, namely, the unborn children. Let us wash their feet by speaking up for them and working to restore the protection of their lives.