“But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.”
Today’s Gospel reminded me of the plight of an unborn child. Jesus was unwanted and rejected…as are so many little ones living in their mother’s wombs.
Think about it; Jesus came to this Earth searching for us, to save us…a rescue mission into enemy territory…and there wasn’t even a room at the Inn for him to be born in. A stable would have to do. This is why I believe he is especially close to those little ones whose own mothers have no room for them …even in their wombs.
The people he grew up with kicked him out of his own hometown, and even tried to throw him over a cliff!
Finally, his own people handed him over to the occupying Romans to be put to a cruel and humiliating death, just as so many parents hand their unborn children over to abortionists to be killed. The price to have Jesus killed was 30 pieces of silver, but parents today pay between $500 – $900 to have their children killed by abortion.
Jesus must have a place especially close to his heart, in which to welcome each aborted child when they arrive in Heaven. These precious gifts…sent back to Heaven un-opened…because there was no room for them on Earth.
Are we ever guilty of not having room for Jesus in our lives?
A good way to find out is to do some simple math. Each day we are given the same amount of time…all of us, equally, get 24 hours. We need 8 hours to sleep and 8 hours to work, and depending upon our situation, we need time to take care of our kids and spouses or parents. But where does God fit in? Is he in our schedule? Can we make room for him?
A regular prayer time, early in the morning will get our day off to a good start. Stopping into a church during the afternoon for a little time with the Lord is also a good thing to do when running errands. Reading his Word, a little bit each day is important. Not enough time for prayer? Try to identify what daily activities are not helping to draw you closer to the Lord (maybe TV or secular entertainment?)…and replace it with time with Jesus.
We are nearing the end of Lent, which is the perfect time to take stock of our lives…remove the clutter so we can find more room for God in our daily lives. Coming to pray at Planned Parenthood is a good way to set selfish desires aside and do something meaningful…that could even save a life!
Speaking of saving a life…
I was so encouraged to read Alex’s report from the blog yesterday! He was witnessing at Planned Parenthood from Hosanna Church, and he said that he heard a woman give her testimony about how she was pregnant and considering abortion…but because she kept seeing our signs on the sidewalk…day after day…she chose life for her baby! We just never know how many lives are saved because of our witness! So I encourage you to come out during these last 4 days!
I hope you can join us for the closing of our 40 day vigil by attending the prayer service, led by Pastor Joe Stump, this Sunday at 6:30 pm at Planned Parenthood.. Pot luck fun and social gathering will follow at 7 pm at Catholic Charities!
Now for the shift reports…
Sue D. managed the vigil from 7-9 this morning and wrote:
So it has been a pleasure to spend my Wednesday mornings praying with Peggy on the sidewalk! I consider her my co-shift manager, she is always early and has stayed after me to manage the shift so that I can get to work on time. Usually it is just the 2 of us after Diane and Marian head on their way. Today, we were joined by 3 men from St Louise who are obviously veterans on the sidewalk….signing in, getting their signs and immediately starting to pray! From what we could tell, all workers entered PP including painters and flooring guys. A new medical chair was dropped off and it was just sad to think of it being used in PP. They must be renovating. About halfway through the shift, Andy’s mother came and Denny from St Louise. Katie, SA was also present. St Louise is covering the vigil up to 1pm today, so the parishioners were coming and going to make sure their commitment was fulfilled, we are grateful for the nice “crowd”!! Sue 😊❤
Cathy reports from the 9-11 shift:
Parishioners from St. Louise de Marillac were a prayerful presence today, with different people taking parts of their 4 hour shift.
It was a quiet day for the clinic. They seemed to be closed except for staff, and some workers who went in to do the floors. Two young women, separately, did go in but came out right away. Katie and Elsie were able to give them some literature and the resource list. Hopefully they will go to one of those resources instead of coming back to PP.
Cil sent in pictures from a very busy 11 am to 1 pm shift:
Chris was the shift manager from 1-3. He writes:
For whatever reason, maybe because it was my last shift during this campaign, I felt heightened awareness of my surroundings today. My shift started beautifully, with a warm hug from Cecilia and the glorious sounds of prayers and hymns from the Guardians for Life. I was joined by Andy, Diane, and Sue throughout my shift. Thank you for being there! As we prayed several Rosaries, we noticed that the only foot traffic into PP were workers, a good thing. A man stopped to chat and said that although he has lived in Pittsburgh for years, he was born in Saint Kitts, an island in the Caribbean. He said that abortion is illegal in his home country and wondered why it was legal in the United States. I explained that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against pre-born life in 1973 and said that we were there giving prayerful witness in hopes that the law of the land would be changed. When I pointed to PP and mentioned that over 3,000 abortions a year were performed behind their doors, he said, “There?” I said, “Yes”. He was shocked.
Later two women walked by and saluted me with spittle at my feet. My reaction was to remember lyrics from the hymn “Blest Are They”— “Blest are you who suffer hate all because of me; Rejoice and be glad, yours is the Kingdom, shine for all to see”. Positive comments and “God Bless Yous” far outnumbered today’s negative comments. Blessed be God!
Barbara wrote from the 3-5 shift:
Downtown in front of PP was lovely this evening.
Dee, Tom, Bill, Beverly and Mary Francis from St. Bernadette Parish, Monroeville, were joined by Bill, Bill H. and Jim.
Richard and I enjoyed their witnessing with us. We prayed, handed out information cards and greeted passers by.
The shift went quickly and Joe came early as usual.
Everyone agreed that this Spring 2017 seems to have gone quickly.
Joe K. shares this reflection from his 5-7 shift:
Drifted into the 5-7 shift with a personalized version of (Ringo Starr’s version of) the “No No Song” – Finally – No gloves, No hat, No hand warmers, No winter coat,…
OK, you get the idea…
The group from Saint Bernadette’s came strong and stood strong for my entire shift – Tom, Beverly, and Mary Frances were hold-overs from the previous shift and we were joined by Lisa and Ed. Bill H. stopped by on the way home as did Jim who stayed through most of the shift…
Just a whole lot of sharing going on… Even got to talk a little music, of course, in a religious context… about someone who knew a famous Pittsburgh musician who attended St. Bartholomew’s in Penn Hills…
Was able to hand out a”Watch me grow!” brochure to a curious young women looking at the fetal models.
Minimal folks exiting 933 Liberty this fine evening… Looking at 933 (“the kingdom of rationalization”) the Dylan song “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” echoed in my head with lyrics like “He not busy being born is busy dying,” and “Money doesn’t talk, it swears,” – abortion, forgiveness, greed,… all in one uncomfortable, though tidy dark package…
All comments, facial expressions, and even hand gestures from the passerby’s were ALL positive+++
The usual joyous group of kids and mom passed by late but not before their usual stopping and handling of the fetal models… They never tire of this and are just awesomely amazed at the models… Mary Frances told the littlest one that he came from his mom’s belly and it was too cute to watch him immediately turn and ask his mom for confirmation that this was indeed true…
Lastly, just want to send out a BIG THANKS to all that make this happen – thanks for the opportunity and blessings with being able to serve this campaign.