Sunday, August 31, 2014
Christ in the Womb August 31, 2014/The Word Made Flesh August 29-30, 2015
August 31 Bulletin
The Word was made Flesh . . . Following Baby Jesus in the womb
Baby is filling out. Its face and body look more like an infant at the time of birth. Amniotic fluid continues to increase as the due date approaches, and its composition changes during pregnancy. During the first half, it is similar to maternal plasma. Then, it changes to more of Baby’s own cells. There isn’t a great deal of room to move in the mother. As the Weeks pass, space gets even tighter.
Baby’s approximate due date: December 25, 2014
The Word Made Flesh for August 29-30, 2015
Far back into antiquity, lifeblood, flowing blood plasma, was considered to be the main sign of animal life. Genesis chapter 9 contains the earliest of the Jewish dietary laws; the one still followed until today- draining all blood from meat animals to be consumed. Leviticus 17 also teaches this dietary law, and the Roman Catholic Church teaches that this prefigures the blood spilled on the Cross by Christ. Blood is even considered to be spiritually significant- in Genesis 4, when Cain kills Abel, it is said that Abel's blood calls out to God to condemn his brother for the crime. Likewise, our little girl is now viable by modern standards- and the Amniotic fluid in the womb is changing. Up until now it has been the same chemistry and DNA as the mother's blood plasma, but it is now the same chemistry as the baby. In many ways, the interior of the womb is truly no longer the body of the mother, but is now the body of the child. And yet in 20 states, including Oregon, this child can still be killed at a whim. Her due date is still another 16 weeks away- the Birthday of our Lord, December 25, 2015.