This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).
Reflection: Scripture uses the same language for the unborn as it does other children. Luke’s gospel uses the word “baby” or “child” (Gr. brephos ) to describe John the Baptist prior to his birth. But one chapter later (2:12,16), the already born Christ child is also referred to as a “baby” (brephos ). “Brephos” is commonly used to describe infants and older children (Luke 18:15, Acts 7:19, 1 Peter 2:2).
Prayer: Lord, your word speaks of the born and the unborn in the same terms. Give us the same respect and love for both. Amen