30 Sep Pro-Life Solidarity (Lk 9:50) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Jesus said to him, ‘Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you.'” ~ Luke 9:50 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: On October 6th, over 200 LIFE Runners will come to the Black Hills of South Dakota in solidarity to run for the unborn. Although all of the runners and walkers will be competing with each other in the race, our focus will be on raising awareness and praying for the unborn. In our culture today, competition is not always welcome. Even within the Pro-Life ministry, organizations can feel threatened that other Pro-Life ministries will shadow their efforts, leaving their organization with less support and fewer resources. As humans we tend to be jealous, possessive, and contentious. We compare ourselves with others to see who is greatest (Lk 9:46). In Jesus’ kingdom, it should be the opposite. We welcome people with open arms. Other people are not “them”; they are “us.” We are all members of the same Body of Christ. “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26). We owe encouragement (Phil 2:1) and love (Rm 13:8) to one another. We need to stand, walk, and run together in Pro-Life solidarity.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Do not be jealous of other Pro-Life organizations. We need to stand, walk, and run together in Pro-Life solidarity
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel..
Our Prayers: Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, unceasingly. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Jerome
Faith Quote: “Blessed is the one who takes no more pride in the good that God says and does through him, than in that which He says and does through someone else.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
Through Christ our Lord,