Thursday, December 19, 2013

Miraculous births: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, December 19th, 2013

           There are several miraculous births in the Bible.  We may recall Abraham and Sarah who had Isaac when they were well past child-bearing years.  Or Hannah, whose prayers for a child led to the birth of Samuel.
            We have a cool pairing between two other births—Samson and John the Baptist.  Notice the similarities between their stories—both came from an infertile couple, featured an angel, a command to drink no wine or strong drink and the promise that the child will be filled with God’s Spirit.
            In all of the above, God shows His providence and power in bringing life forward where it was humanly impossible. 
In six days we celebrate the most miraculous birth of all—Mary was not infertile but a virgin.  Yet God, through this virgin, gave us His son.

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