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(LifeSiteNews) – This Sunday is Palm Sunday—a day to remember when those in Jerusalem venerated Christ as He entered the city. It’s a day to think about welcoming Christ into our lives and glorifying Him in all we do. It’s a day to examine our own lives and to contemplate how our actions sometimes mimic those of the people who welcomed Christ one week and then reviled, persecuted, and killed Him the next.

On the next day, when the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet him and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” – John 12:12-13

Yet, as I think about Christ being welcomed and then reviled, I can’t help but think of preborn babies as also being recipients of those same actions. They are welcomed by some, reviled by others, and condemned to death by a society that only cares about them when its members find it convenient.

Just as Christ faced scorn and hatred when He walked on earth, we see myriad examples of hatred and scorn for babies. We see it in Colorado’s new law that says “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights.” We see it in dead and discarded babies found in a DC house. We see it in lies told by organizations like Planned Parenthood, who claim that abortion is safe and normal. And we see it in dozens of other stories that illustrate a disdain for human beings.

An innocent Christ was mercilessly beaten, battered, and killed. Innocent babies are mercilessly torn apart and killed. This seems to be a pattern when society deems someone a threat.

Understanding this, we must strive to be a Palm Sunday people. Meaning, we must live every day of our lives welcoming not only Christ, but His teachings, His laws, and His children. We must never act like those cold-hearted people who waved palms one day and then shouted “crucify Him” days later.

Being a Palm Sunday people means we are to act like John—the only one of the apostles who didn’t run away out of fear. He stood at the foot of the cross, weeping for Christ and comforting His mother.

As we in the pro-life movement model our lives after John, we must remain stalwart in our convictions. We must stand in the face of adversity or threats. We must love enough to give voice to the voiceless, weep for the innocent, and comfort grieving mothers. When we do, we shine Christ’s love to the babies and to the mothers who ache. And when we honor them, we honor God.

So, as we draw nearer to Holy Week, let us glorify God in all we do. Let us look to the hope of the risen Christ, who dwells within us and who will always remain among us. Let us look to Him for strength, for love, and for guidance as we work to build a culture of life in our homes and communities—even when it is difficult to do so.

And let us never forget the joy of waving palms and praising the Lord who came here to save us from our sins.


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