It’s Christmas. After weeks of preparation, we have made it to this moment. Recently, a wonderful pro-life activist from Illinois and hostess of a podcast that interviewed me made a bold statement about Christmas. Christmas is a pro-life holiday. Yes, it is. Here’s the case.
Without Mary’s fiat and St. Joseph’s courageous taking of God’s gauntlet, we would not be celebrating this beautiful holiday.
Let’s start with the beginning of Luke’s gospel. We are reminded of the passage of Mary’s annunciation. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she has conceived a child as the prophets have foretold. Despite her questioning, she accepted the divine will of God for her.
At the beginning of Matthew’s gospel, St. Joseph was ready to quietly divorce Mary, but an angel from the lord intervened. St. Joseph got up and did what the angel instructed. He teaches us what a real man does in a situation like this.
Like the first Christmas, it teaches us the importance of babies existing. The birth of Jesus teaches us that every baby is to be welcomed, regardless of what circumstances they’re brought into. Our society has sadly become the innkeepers that had no room for Mary who was ready to give birth.
The first Christmas shows us the immense joy a newborn baby brings to the whole world. Life is a gift. It can never be repeated.
Many families will celebrate their newborn’s first Christmas. Like the parents' first Christmas as a married couple, they will celebrate bigger and better as a family, like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
Jesus is the reason for the season. He is the one that the prophets generation after generation before had foretold of his coming to save mankind. All it took were a yes from his parents to fulfill God’s divine will for humanity.
Joy to the World! The Lord has come! Let earth receive her king!