This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“Whoever addresses his brother in an insulting way will answer for it before the Sanhedrin, and whoever calls his brother a fool will be liable to the fires of Gehenna” (Matthew 5:22).
Reflection: Jesus says that using dehumanizing language is sinful. Before the schoolyard bully beats up his victim, he calls him names. Throughout history, groups that have been oppressed – like slaves and Holocaust victims — have first been called names. It also happens to the unborn, who have been called “parasites,” “tissue,” and “medical waste.”
Prayer: Lord, may we affirm one another, including the unborn, with ennobling language that inspires respect and love. Amen.