Pro-Life Send Off Youth Mass

     Tonight, as we leave here to board the buses, look up at the sky. As you gaze up and see the beauty of the night sky, realize that you may be staring into infinity because while we can measure the universe at 93 billion light years, we have no idea how much bigger it really is.[1] Next, think about just our planet. If earth was located only 1.5 million kilometers (or about 100 trips from here to Australia) in either direction in the solar system, life would not be able to exist on earth.[2] Lastly, think about the human person. It is estimated that there are as many as 100,000 genes that code the human person and one slight problem can be difference between living and not living.[3] Shoot, your brain is made up of over 100 billion neurons working together to allow us to breath and have a heartbeat.[4] Friends, look at the universe, look at the world, look at the human body and you see order in the midst of chaos. As you step on the bus tonight, you can’t tell me all of this is a result of chance.

     In order for there to be order in the midst of chaos there must be someone who serves as the organizer. Of course, as people of faith, we know that this supreme organizer is God. God who loves us so much that when we messed up and went astray, He sent His only Son into the world to suffer and die for us. Friends, all we have to do is look at the crucifix to see how much God loves us and as the supreme organizer, He only wants what is best for us. You see God doesn’t create just to create. No, He creates for a purpose and that purpose is perfect. It is us, sinful human beings, who mess His creation up.

     Growing up, I enjoyed doing puzzles, until one day I nearly finished a puzzle only to have to leave it incomplete because a few pieces were missing. Rather than see the beautiful image the puzzle was supposed to portray I was forced to stare at an incomplete picture. Our world is like a giant puzzle that God has organized for our good. Yet, sadly we often step in and through our sinful actions loose pieces, preventing the true beauty of God’s organization from shinning through.

     In 2016, 283,320 abortions were performed in the United States.[5] That’s is more people the entire population of Charlotte North Caroline, the 17th largest city in the USA.[6] In 2017 18% of all pregnancies resulted in abortion.[7] Imagine looking at a puzzle that had 18% of the pieces missing. You would barely be able to make out the image the puzzle was supposed to show. Well friends, isn’t that what we have done to God’s puzzle? So tonight, we gather at this altar to tell our creator we are sorry our country has decided to alter his vision for the world and we board the buses for the trip to our nation’s capital to ask our elected officials to stop playing God.

     For 47 years we have been marching to give voice to the voiceless and while we can be tempted to be discouraged that even after 47 years, we are still aborting so many babies. Yet, if you look at the numbers you will see that the tide is turning. I was born in 1988 when 35% of babies were aborted.[8] In my lifetime we have already reduced abortion by 50%. While that is good news, we clearly have more work to do. This journey to Washington DC is just a start. For the next few days we will give public support for life, but what happens in our private lives when we come back? Jesus clearly teaches that what we do to the least of our brothers and sisters we do to Him.[9] So then how do we treat those around us? For while we are just a small voice in the abortion debate, we are the only voice in how we treat the neighbor next to us.

     A country is composed of individual people. Laws, policies, and government intervention do not make a country great. No great people make a country great. If we want to see a change in our country where the rights and dignity of every human person are respected, we have to start with ourselves and how we respect the rights and dignity of every person we encounter. The choice is ours; we can be part of the problem or we can be part of the solution. So tonight, look up and ask yourself will I help God bring order back to this world or will I disrupt His order through my sinful actions.

[1] Izhak, Bars; John Terning (November 2009) “Extra Dimensions in Space and Time” Springer. P. 27.

[2] Perkins, S. (2013). Earth is only just within the Suns habitable zone. Nature. doi: 10.1038/nature.2013.14353

[3] Salzberg, S. L. (2018). Open questions: How many genes do we have? BMC Biology, 16(1). doi: 10.1186/s12915-018-0564-x

[4] Herculano-Houzel, S. (2009). The human brain in numbers: a linearly scaled-up primate brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 3. doi: 10.3389/neuro.09.031.2009

[5] CDCs Abortion Surveillance System FAQs. (2019, November 25). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm

[6] U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Charlotte city, North Carolina. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/charlottecitynorthcarolina

[7] Jones RK et al., Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2017, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2019, https://www.guttmacher.org/report/abortion-incidence-service-availability-us-2017.

[8] Abortion Surveillance: Preliminary Analysis — United States, 1988. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00001840.htm

[9] Mt 25:45

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