Pastor’s Column

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

This Wednesday the Twenty-Second of January will commemorate the 41st years of Roe v. Wade since this case allowing abort the unborn child had granted, has brought tragedy to our country: we kill our own children.  Recently I read an article had mentioned about the average number of abort the unborn child in our country is 3,700 (three thousand and seven hundred).  If I do a little math to add up per year, there would be a million children being aborted.  The other sources I read, the calculation of 60 million unborn children have been slaughtered since this evil law allowed.  We had killed our own children more than the sum of population of Canada (35 millions) and Australia (23 millions)

Sitting at my desk and writing this in this winter windy day, my heart is trembled and chilled because I reflect myself, my story as a child that being told in years by my relatives.  During the war in Vietnam, my family was on a remote war zone that constantly moved.  During this time, I was just over a year old or two.  I had some kind of illness that brought me to the point of death.  My family had discussed about leaving me there and so that I may die in peace.  The decision had delivered but my mother who was burden with other pregnancy of my sister in her womb had stood up for my life.  She said, “if Joseph should die, let he die on my hands”.  She vow to care for me wherever she was, and if I should die, I would die in her arm.

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

I am a child, forty-one years old that match with the time of Roe v. Wade case.  It is I after over forty years.  I am still alive.  I am graceful for my mother who made that miraculous decision.  I am graceful for all mothers who continue to protect their children.  Mothers! You are full of grace.  As I am reflecting on the mystery of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ would not have a chance to save mankind if the Blessed Virgin Mary had believed in abortion.  Jesus Christ would not become one like us if Joseph had forced Mary to kill the child in her womb that was not subjective to him.  Mary and Joseph are role models for us today.  They were simply being generous to allow the Son of God entered into this world, as many parents in this day and age still do the same.  Let us pray to Mary and Joseph intercede for us that we would have many more parents generously accepting God’s gift – the gift of having their child.

This Wednesday 22 of January right after morning Mass we will provide a bus leaving St. Boniface to join with thousands of people at our State Capitol to pray for the conversion of this particular law.  As I foresee that Saturday 25, we will celebrate the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  Let us ask Saint Paul to intercede for us before the glory of God that each of us may have a conversion of heart so that we may be able to sing aloud: “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong