Preaching Suggestions for Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion
May of 2015: Healing the Moms
In the month of May, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion focuses on the wound abortion inflicts on mothers, and the healing available to them. This, of course, occurs in the context of the celebration of Mother’s Day, a time to remember, pray for, and thank the Lord for mothers both living and deceased.
The context here in May is also the culmination of the Easter Season, with the feast of Pentecost and then the feast of Trinity Sunday.
As will be made clear in the specific comments on each weekend’s readings, found on the links below, the themes are powerful of the fruit of the resurrection at Easter, namely, a new human community, solidified in supernatural grace, and a new hope for the unity of the human family, through the power of the Holy Spirit released on Pentecost and according to the model of the Holy Trinity where three persons are in perfect unity.
The supernatural community that flows from the life of the risen Christ is based on the natural human community, the most fundamental relationship in which is that of mother and child. And we see in the various readings the theme that God’s love precedes ours, and God’s choices also precede ours. This is also reflected in the mystery of motherhood. A mother becomes a mother before she even knows it. The child growing within her is not simply her choice, but rather her gift. God chose the child and the mother exercises choice in the sense of accepting a choice already made by God.
As the Easter season comes to its culmination in Pentecost, we rejoice in the coming of the one who is the source of all love, all nurturing, all motherhood, and also all healing of the divisive wounds brought about by abortion.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 10, 2015 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 17, 2015 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter
or Solemnity of the Ascension
Sunday, May 24, 2015 -- Pentecost
Sunday, May 31, 2015 -- Trinity Sunday