It has been a crazy last few days leading up to Christmas. Gifts to buy, food to prepare, friends to see. But are the multitudes preparing for the holidays ready to welcome the baby Christ into the world? How can we fathom the “adventus” of the infant God in a society that might not have even let Him live? Perhaps I will be criticized for broaching the topic of abortion as we near one of the most important religious holidays of the year. I couldn’t help but notice the striking incongruity in thought that necessarily occurs- we wait to welcome the birth of the Lord, yet had he chosen to be born into our millennium, he might not have even seen life outside of the womb. Our culture is so hostile to life, especially that of the unborn. How can we expect anyone to center their Christmas around Christ’s birth, if, on a whole, we don’t understand its inherent value?
I think Christ would be calling all of us to that on this Christmas. We’ve let the injustice go on for just too long. For Christians, an answer to the abortion question is that every human life is made in the image and likeness of God. Yet, yesterday’s celebrations take us further. Christ took on our human flesh in his Incarnation, ennobling it and endowing it with the value we had forgotten. Would our Lord have bothered if it wasn’t important? If each act of creation in the womb was not unique and unrepeatable? I don’t think he would have.
Let’s not let another Christmas go by without remembering that the spirit of the season is one of rebirth and new life, of welcoming God’s presence into a world which often seems so void of it. We cannot let this issue become so taboo that changing things becomes impossible. It must be talked about every day of the year, in every conversation. The act doesn’t only harm the women and their children in our nation; rather, it does pernicious violence to families and the culture of life. When the most stable unit of humanity, a mother and her child, is turned topsy turvy, is it a surprise that we’ve taken a turn for the worse? Roe v. Wade turns 40 this year, and I hope I won’t be writing a post like this again next year.
Merry Christmas to you and your families! Pax vobiscum.