Early this morning, I read these words in the Office of Readings:
“But the time came when He who had set me apart before I was born and called me by His favor chose to reveal His Son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning Him.” Galatians 1:15-16
My thoughts flew to the issue of Life; God creating each one of us purposefully; knowing us as we are, with all our faults and failings and even our misguided “good” intentions. Paul had just finished describing to the Galatians his background, including what had been his well meaning ambitions previous to his conversion:
“You know that I went to extremes in persecuting the Church of God and tried to destroy it; I made progress in Jewish observance far beyond most of my contemporaries, in my excess of zeal to live out all the traditions of my ancestors.” Galatians 1:13-15
As I thought about this, it wasn’t much of a leap from there to recalling the arguments and dismissals of those in the pro-abortion camp, declaring an unborn child as: no child, no purpose, a blob of tissue, an inconvenience, a mistake (recall President Obama’s words), an economical burden (Nancy Pelosi’s words.) In addressing the Galatians for their having strayed from the Truth, Paul says, “O stupid Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” Galations 3:1. How much more can these words be spoken to our generation so steeped in secular relativism and materialism.
If God not only had Paul’s personhood in mind before he was conceived, but also had a plan for Paul, which included His Church, and had a moment in Time set, in which He would enable Paul to see clearly and become the man He called him to be, then how can we continue to throw away precious life as though God isn’t watching, isn’t caring, and isn’t remembering? Is Paul’s term, “Stupid,” strong enough to characterize so many so zealous in their war against life in our present culture of Death?