I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works. (Ps 139:14)
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. (Is 49:1)
For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb. (Is 49:5)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you. (Jer 1:5)
Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength. (Ps 71:6)
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb. (Lk 1:15)
As we see above, the readings for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (day and vigil) are replete with pro-life messages. How any Bible believer can hold any other stance is beyond me. John the Baptist, of whom Christ said, among those born of women there has been none greater (Mt 11:11), was destined from all eternity to be the forerunner of Christ. Tradition even has it that he was sanctified in his mother’s womb, being cleansed of original sin during the Visitation (see Lk 1:15 above and Lk 1:41).
How many others, destined for great things, have not been able to fulfill that for which they were known, dedicated, and appointed by God? Maybe the woman who would develop the cure for cancer, maybe the man who would become the greatest Christian evangelist of his time, or maybe the child who would bring inspiration to millions through musical talent.
Here I am reminded of one of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. The clip below is a powerful witness.
Ironically, it is the technology used in the visor that saves the society, which eliminates “imperfections,” from which the woman comes.
Through the intercession of St. John the Baptist, his mother St. Elizabeth, and his father, St. Zechariah, may the sanctity of life from conception be impressed upon every person.