Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, when the archangel Gabriel came to the Blessed Virgin Mary to proclaim that she would become the mother of our Lord and Savior. Today there are exactly nine months left until Christmas.
Christ did not become our Savior at His birth as if He was lesser before. He was not born human and then given divine status later in life. Christ, the Son of God, did not come into existence when He came into the world. To believe those things would be heresy. Christ was fully human and fully God from the moment of His conception. He existed before all of creation and at His conception, He took on our nature so that He could accomplish our salvation.
Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and her son both recognized the uniqueness of Cehrist – fully human and fully divine – when He was still in the womb. They reacted with joy because their Lord was present… not their potential Lord or their one-day Lord… but Christ, living and true.
Given just these brief facts regarding the ability of those of the ancient word to see clearly what was before their eyes, it is a sad commentary on the state of the modern intellect that we cannot – or, more precisely, will not – recognize every child in the womb as being fully human. There are those in our society who are so completely able to delude themselves that they somehow believe a child is not a child, and then they are able to convince people who are scared and desperate of the same falsehood. They prey on these people just as they prey on the unborn, and they profit from it.
This great lie of our modern world does immeasurable damage to both the individual and to society as a whole in a multitude of ways. And so, today – as we remember that never has it been suggested that the Blessed Virgin Mary was trying to conceive a child… quite the opposite – and we celebrate with great joy the Annunciation and the conception of Our Lord and Savior, let us remember that Mary was completely open to the plan of God. Her example is one that we should all seek to emulate as we pray that our modern society might one day soon open its eyes and see the many falsehoods it perpetrates for what they are, and once recognizing the lie for what it is then return to the truth that leads to life and salvation.