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Sunday, January 17, 1999

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2nd Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Psalm 40
John 1:29-34

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the womb

"Look! There is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!" —John 1:29

God's Servant was formed from the womb (Is 49:5). The Lord "knitted" us in our mothers' wombs (Ps 139:13). From our mothers' wombs, the Lord gave us our names (see Is 49:1). The Lord is working with children in the womb both physically and spiritually.

This means:

  • We should pray for and with children in the womb.
  • Pregnant mothers should receive Holy Communion, and their babies in the womb will share in those Communions.
  • We should pray and fast to protect children in the womb from abortion (see The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II, 100).
  • We should invite parents who have aborted their children to come to Jesus to receive forgiveness and healing.
  • We should ask aborted babies to pray for us.
  • Most of all, we must invite everyone to give their lives totally to Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6). Jesus is our only Savior, Lord, and Hope.

Prayer:  Father, give me the grace to die if necessary to save the lives of children in the wombs.

Promise:  "It is He Who is to baptize with the Holy Spirit." —Jn 1:33

Praise:  Praise Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life! (Jn 11:25) Praise You, Jesus, enthroned in glory at the right hand of the Father. Praise You, Jesus, victorious Lamb of God!

Reference:  (See our leaflets, Hope and Healing Through Aborted Children, How to Stop Abortion, and Abortion and Your Taxes.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, June 11, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 20, 1998