Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani (my God, my God, why have you abandoned me?) was one of the last sayings of Jesus on the cross before he died. In recent weeks we’ve been deluged in the main stream media on the news of the killing of a young man in Florida, Trayvon Martin. People have been outraged about it and many cities throughout the United States have had demonstrations protesting the killing of this young man.
Since this is Easter week, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who gave his body to save us from our sins. I can’t help but think how ironic it is that the death of one young man, can engender such outrage, but the death of 1.5 million innocent, unborn babies killed each year in the United States alone does not even register on any scale with most people. Since 1973, 54.5 million babies have been killed, not including a count from states like California and at least four other states who do not report the number of abortions they do. Mr. Martin was shot to death, the unborn are dismembered inside their mother’s womb in a most barbaric way, yet no one demonstrates and even our president is happy to defend this barbarity. In 2002 the then Senator Obama voted to deny protection to a baby who had survived an abortion. Jesus Christ gave his life for us but 1.5 million mothers take the life of their own babies for the purpose of personal convenience.
Fr. Frank Pavone, the Director of Priests for Life, has a brilliant piece in which he compares what Jesus did for us on the cross compared to what people who abort their babies:
Scripture tells us that on the night before He died to save all people, the Lord Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “This is My Body, which is given up for you.” He was pointing to what would happen the next day, when He would give that same Body on the cross. He sacrifices Himself so that we may live. He gives up His Body so that He can destroy the power of sin and death. As a result, He welcomes us into His life, into His Kingdom. He makes us members of His Body! On the other hand, abortion supporters say, “This is my body. So don’t interfere with it! It’s mine, so I can do what I want, even to the point of killing the life within it. All is secondary to my dominion over my body.” In fact one abortion supporter has written, “I say their (pro-lifers’) God is worth nothing compared to my body” (Michelle Goldberg, “Rant for Choice,” in University of Buffalo student newspaper, 1995).
A touching and compelling music video called “This is My Body” brilliantly demonstrates what Fr. Pavone says in the earlier quote. Click here to see it.