The reading for Mass today included these wonderful words:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
From the first cell stage of His conception and new human life, Christ loved His Father in heaven and all of us on earth. Pope Pius XII assures us that from the first moment of His conception, “the Heart of Jesus, ever to be adored, began to pulsate with love, divine and human” (On Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus).
We know that from the first moment of His conception the Unborn Christ (as Zygote, the one cell stage) joined His will to the will of His Father (Heb 10:5-7). ) Pius XII tells us “But the knowledge and love of our Divine Redeemer, of which we were the object from the first moment of His Incarnation, exceed all that the human intellect can hope to grasp. For hardly was He conceived in the womb of the Mother of God, when He began to enjoy the beatific vision, and in that vision all the members of His Mystical Body were continually and unceasingly present to Him, and He embraced them with His redeeming love.” The Mystical Body Of Christ, #75
We believe too that Christ loved His mother from the first moment of His conception (and that she joined her will to His; “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Lk 1:38
And a week later in her Magnificat, when Mary says “My soul magnifies the Lord…” first and foremost, she magnified the Love of Christ hidden within her. His love was bursting forth from the womb which contained Him. His love, in a sense could not be contained along with His tiny body, within the womb of His mother.
When Mary arrived at the home of Elizabeth (six months pregnant with John the Baptist), the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that it was “Christ Himself” who filled unborn baby John with His Spirit of Love (CCC #717). Christ demonstrates His love here for unborn baby John and all unborn babies!
Out of Love, Unborn Christ inspires His mother to stay for the entire pregnancy of Elizabeth, accompanying unborn John lovingly to birth.
When they return to Nazareth, Unborn Christ loves Joseph too. In Bethlehem He loves the shepherds, the wise men, even those who rejected Him and His pregnant mother at the door of the Inn. At His glorious birth in the manger, His powerful Love broke forth like a wave of Love across the earth, hidden for a time, but affecting Mary and Joseph and countless others who would discover in time the message of Redeeming Love!
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