Many people are offended at the concept of the Virgin Mary conceiving and giving birth to Jesus without any kind of sex. People today would much rather have sex without babies than babies without sex.
And while the Annunciation is indeed a miracle, the miracle affirms a real truth of the spiritual realm - purity procreates. A pure heart is far from barren; a pure heart is receptive to God, and hence always conceives and brings forth.
As God tells us in Isaiah ...
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Is 55:10-11)
God has designed Nature to be productive. But we cherish a cult - the cult of the Unproductive. Our culture is as much a Culture of Sterility as it is a Culture of Death. This is one of the reasons the Homosexual is the icon of our age - he or she represents The Abolition of Nature, man triumphant over all of the boundaries God has built into reality, even at the price of sterility and narcissism.
But every one of us is guilty of something like this. Every time we sin, we enter into a whirlwind of activity designed to keep up the Lie. Living the Lie demands constant effort - lying to ourselves, lying to others, propping things up and gaming them so that the Unreality we've built does not fall flat on its face.
In other words, it's much harder to fight against our higher nature - to sin - than to cooperate with it. If we cooperate with it, God does the rest. The earth will "bud and flourish", and good soil will bear much fruit - if once we let the seed of God in (See Luke 8:1-15).
Mary received the Seed with a pure heart. She did not put up a contraceptive barrier. She did not abort the new life once it began to grow in her. She cultivated it, rejoiced, and immediately went forth.
But more on that tomorrow.
Let us pray.
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.