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He Did Not Spurn The Womb, We Shouldn’t Either

Job said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back there.

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!”  Job 1:21

 

Enwombment is the term proposed in this blog and the prebornChrist.com website that suggests that we are conceived in a physical womb and birthed into spiritual wombs of family, faith, and other circumstances and relationships in order to grow and prepare for life beyond death.  St. Thomas Acquinas had once suggested the family as a spiritual womb.  St. Francis of Assisi wrote in his well known Peace Prayer  of “death is birth into eternal life.”  They seem to agree that we have time and this enwombment between the physical womb and our birth into eternal life to prepare.

 

Enwombment may be in reality a wonderful life-line God has provided each of us in our working out our salvation with Him, but the womb is also a concern that is not given much time or attention from others.  In fact, such benefits of the womb seem to many people as interferences or distractions, if not outright unpleasant.  But why?

 

As the prayer entitled, Te Deum , expresses, Jesus did not spurn the womb but instead entered the womb with all of its circumstances and limitations.  Fear again overtakes the average human with many unwilling or unable to imagine returning to the confines of the womb.  Those enwombed are dependent on others, own nothing but rather are stewards of all received and are both exposed and accountable for their life.  Who would want to seek solidarity with those in the womb?  Ignorance seems preferable to so many who are called to make their needs naked for others to meet; naked with neither distraction nor interference from God’s purpose for their life, and accountable to constituencies, not yet even known.  The unknown challenges that enwombment or solidarity with the child in the womb is unpleasant and may unearth responsibilities of which we are not yet aware,

 

Job, an Old Testament figure, understood well before the New testament was written, “Seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, 19 and all these things will be given you besides.”  Matthew 6:33

 

Regardless of what we seek to do, we will face God naked and vulnerable as we are in the womb.  We pray Christ will dress us in His mercy and sacrifice.  What now seems so important will seem so much more distant when facing death.  And fearfully, much and many whom we dismiss will prove to have been the challenges sent to us by God to strengthen us in trust in Him and to better understand the gifts and blessings He has bestowed on us.  We must use the time now to build that relationship with Jesus Christ that we will have a Happy Death where we trust Jesus Christ with our very souls, which He has in His hands always.

Structures of Sin Can be Undermined and Destroyed

In yesterday’s blog posting, there was a reference to Blessed John Paul II’s explanation of “Social Sin” or rather “Structures of Sin.”  Blessed John Paul II, in his Encyclical, “On Social Concern,” went beyond just saying that these Structures of Sin will only be undermined and dismantled through personal holiness.   In short, this statement is true, but is also an incomplete exposition of all that Blessed John Paul II had written as the means to rid society of a Structure of Sin.

 

Blessed John Paul II had written of three specific elements necessary for each person to pursue and put into regular practice in order to take down Structures of Sin.  The first is personal holiness supplemented with solidarity with the victims of the structure(s) of sin and then followed with personal choices that reflect concrete practice of virtue overcoming temptation to contribute another sin to the already accumulated sin.  The latter two certainly grow from personal holiness that will also fortify the solidarity and personal choices.

 

A devotion to the Preborn Christ opens up all sorts of possibilities in terms of solidarity with those who are dependent, the defenceless, the confined,  and the threatened among so many others whose very existence and dignity remains unrespected and unprotected.

 

A devotion to the Preborn Christ is dependent on a touch of grace that overcomes so many cultural prejudice that first needs the opening of one’s eyes to Jesus in the womb.  Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. John 20:29

Let’s pray for all of us who are blind that we too may see the Preborn Christ as Elizabeth did when filled with the Holy Spirit during the Visitation.  May her words of exclamation then be ours too, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  Luke 1:42