To Whom Do You Belong?


Is there a good mother that wouldn’t do anything to keep her sons safe from harm?  Of course not, unless she is the mother in the Book of Maccabees reading we hear today. This incredible woman not only endured watching each of her sons being killed for their faith, but actually encouraged her beloved sons to give up their lives for the Lord.

Hmmm ….  does this story foretell that of another courageous mother we know?  One who understood and accepted the sacrifice that would break her heart.

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.

Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
“I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
nor was it I who set in order
the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
who shapes each man’s beginning,
as he brings about the origin of everything,
he, in his mercy,
will give you back both breath and life,
because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.”

So, who do we belong to?  We belong to the one whose sacrifice redeems us.  The one who will give us back both breath and life.

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3 Responses to To Whom Do You Belong?

  1. Jeff Kline says:

    What exhortation would a pro-abortion woman say today?
    “I think I know how you came to be in my body; you were part of my body; I could dispose of you at my pleasure. It was I who allowed you the breath of life. You are determined by your DNA molecule; you are a creature of your brain function – you have no “soul”, so live only for yourself, because you are a law unto yourself, as am I. Live now for yourself, because when you die, you die.”
    How utterly sad and hopeless is this modern culture.

    • Mary Thomas says:

      Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
      she exhorted each of them. This should read that the noble spirit stirred her womanly heart with motherly courage. I cannot imagine having to endure this torture watching my children die before me one by one. My grandmother told me that that was the most difficult time in her life when my uncle died at age 17.

      • Mary Thomas says:

        Jeff – I agree that this is a sad time in our culture today that this choice is made. I also believe that it is not always as simple as I can give you life and I can choose not to give you life. There needs to be more support out there for women in this position today. There is so much out there promoting sex in everything. Everything is judged by how sexy it is and until we show how this is not how to sell whatever it is being sold out there, it will only continue.

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