Oct. 13, 2016

The blood of the innocent cry out to God

"Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all" (Lk.11:51)

The above statement is made by Christ in reference to the killings that took place in the Jewish ancient times. The Pharisees had exactly the same mentality with their ancestors by building the tombs of the prophets killed by their ancestors. They didn't do the killing but they didn't condemn the act either. Christ indicts them several years after thus, “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs… Therefore, this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all" (Lk.11:47-51).

So what about those bloods? One peculiar quality of the blood of the prophets is innocence. The prophets committed no crime. They only preached the gospel, they stood for some hard truth which seemed to contradict the lifestyle of the people of their era. Remember Abel too, who was killed by his brother Cain. What was Abel's crime? He offered a better sacrifice than his brother, Cain. That’s all. Cain became jealous, then killed Abel. And Cain was forever tormented by the blood of Abel, for God said to him, "Listen! Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground" (Gen.4:10-11). And Christ repeats today, "Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all" (Lk.11:51). That means that the blood of innocent victims will always hunt the killer in any circumstance.

We can think of the many innocent blood shed in the world today. We remember those who are killed through acts of terrorism, they die innocently. Their blood is shed due to no fault of theirs. Innocent bloods are shed all over the world as a result of war and crises; in Syria, Iraq, Africa, etc. And they die. Even though such people die, people pray for them, political authorities fight for them through wars against terrorism.

But there is another group that doesn’t have much political authorities to fight for them, the group which is most vulnerable and most innocent - the unborn children. It is no doubt any longer that human life begins at conception. This life deserves to be defended, protected and supported. But unfortunately, it has suffered the greatest exposure to risks and attacks. As much as the blood of the prophets and the blood of Abel, the blood of the unborn also cries out to God. In an American society where abortion clinics have become part of the societal norm, there is need to remind ourselves that there is no blood worthy of being shed. While we think about women’s reproductive health and rights, let us not lose sight of the rights of the unborn to live. Being passive is not the solution. Being silent does not also exculpate us from the crime. The Pharisees were passive over the killing of the prophets, yet Christ scolded them. Christ is also scolding us today in these words, “Therefore, this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the “children” that has been shed since the beginning of the world... Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all" (Lk.11:47-51). Let us pray and work against abortion in all its ramifications.