Recently the USCCB has begun an initiative called “Walking with Moms in Need”. This initiative deals with assisting pregnant and parenting moms in our communities so, as Pope Francis has said, our parishes will be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” It is a necessary, valuable and beautiful initiative in caring for both the moms and their children, but I cannot help but think of another group of people drowning in the “sea of indifference” who also need an island of mercy.
Though currently overturned, since the passage of Roe vs Wade in 1973, over 63 million unborn babies have died in our country. Roe has left in its wake the devastation of millions of women, men and siblings who are separated from God because of the scourge of abortion often feeling no hope of reconciliation. Very often, as we are walking with those pregnant moms in need, we have become blind to those whom abortion has left lying on the side of the road, deeply wounded.
Like in the parable of the Good Samaritan very often, like the priest and the Levite, we “pass by on the other side” with indifference. We fail to see their silent suffering, and their need for the love and mercy of God
As we walk through the battlefield of abortion, accompanying pregnant moms and those in need to the support and safety so necessary, whether we are in a state where abortion is now restricted or in one where it is enshrined, let us, like the Samaritan of the gospel not walk past the wounded laying on the side of the rode, but pick them up, have pity on them carrying them too to the help they need in order to find the love and forgiveness of God..
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”(Luke 10)