The Annunciation Message: Be Not Afraid

Unique take at CatholicVote.org by Tom Crowe in his post titled, “Verbum Caro Hodie Factum Est,” about today’s Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.  After referring to an altar inscription in Nazareth, he cleverly notes how important this day should be to Catholics in proclaiming the pro-life message in the conception of our Holy Mother:

Tradition tells us that it was on this day in roughly the year 6 B.C., a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the house of David was at home in Nazareth and received a visit from the archangel Gabriel with a rather remarkable proposition.  Mary consented.  The Holy Spirit overshadowed her and the power of the Most High came upon her. . .

She conceived a son in her womb. A real human being, flesh and blood, with a complete, unique set of DNA, and eventually his own heart beat, hair color, blood type, and the works, but it was all established and unique starting this day.  Not upon implantation in Mary’s uterine wall.  Not in three days, three weeks, three months, six months gestation, today.  Truly a marvelous feast that is far too ignored.  And under-utilized.

This day ought to be declared a day of pro-life prayer and awareness. Priests ought to be directed to preach on the defense of life.  Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law of prayer is the law of belief: as we pray, so we shall believe, and thereafter act. Promote respect for the moment of conception and people will respect the moment of conception. Celebrate the fact that God so loved the world that he was conceived in Mary’s womb as a fertilized egg, just like the rest of us. Celebrate that God enjoyed the nine months in Mary’s womb, feeling her heart beat, hearing her voice, knowing her love, just as we all have from our own mothers.”

Today’s Gospel readings in part:

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.

“But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”

“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”

Do not be afraid, the angel Gabriel said to the Holy Mother — what a powerful pro-life message, for it is fear of the future, the unknown, that drives women and men to abortion clinics.  They must learn from all Catholics to not fear what they cannot foresee.

Be not afraid”Pope John Paul II

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