This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“Lord, by now there will be a stench, for he has been dead for four days” (John 11:39).
Reflection: Jesus was about to raise Lazarus, but Martha was worried about the stench. We too fear the stench. We fear who will object, who will get angry. Politicians fear who will vote against them; businesses fear who will stop supporting them. “Surely, there will be a stench.” And that becomes the excuse not to act – even when we know that Jesus has authority over death.
Prayer: Lord, free us from our fears and calculations, and give us boldness as we battle the culture of death. Amen.