Last Friday, we attended Mass at our church. On daily Masses, the homily is very short, usually three to five minutes. The priest’s homily was about the Gospel reading for this date, Mark 4:26-34, in which Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God:
Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the Kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”
The homily also compared this story with how life begins in the womb. Just like we need to take care of the seed we plant, we also need to take care of the seed in the womb. A Farmer, before planting the seed must prepare the land. The seed needs to land in the proper place, not on hard ground, on rocks on the paths where birds will quickly eat it. After planting we need to water the land and watch over it. We don’t know how that tiny little seed sprouts but all we have to do is take care that it is safe. Once the seed is planted it has all it needs to become a plant. This is how the unborn begins life. Once conception has taken place we need to protect it, not disturb it like removing it from the womb before it is born. God and nature do all the work. After conception, a new and distinctive human life begins. It will develop on its own. It has all the DNA instructions that it needs to develop into all the stages of life, without outside interference or input.
As you’ve heard in the news lately, the Governor of New York just signed a bill that will allow abortion until birth; basically legal infanticide. The Governor of Virginia attempted a similar bill but was denied by his legislature, for now. The killing of a human being like the unborn is immoral and against, not only God’s law, but against humanity. We imprison people who kill other humans and sometimes execute them. This is not based on any religion, it’s based on human civil law.