The Yes of Mary opens the door to a long way: the Son of God among us. Today begins the ride of the Lord who “went about doing good”, healed our wounds with his wounds, proclaimed our victory with his Resurrection. Jesus walks among his people and from the womb of his mother, wants to follow in our footsteps all the way even the unborn child. He became like us in all things but sin. This event changes radically human existence. The Lord takes our lives and raised to the supernatural order. The presence of the Word of God come in the flesh transforms, without denying, everything human, raises it, places it in the dimension of the Kingdom of God. Thus unborn Jesus illuminates the life of the person in the womb. From our faith in the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, the human, which is in the order of natural law, acquires new supernatural dimension, without denying the nature, perfected, leads to fulfillment.
This event opens a new perspective to consider the origin and development of life and, in the case before us, Christ in the womb of Mary is hermeneutical key for understanding and interpreting the way and the life. And the rights of the unborn child, to understand more clearly what we, in this regard, says the natural law.
Jesus becomes a child. Jesus begins as every child and is integrated into family life. The tenderness of the mother to the unborn children, the hope of the father (adopted in this case) that has bet the future of the promise, the patient grow a little more each day until they see the light, that all this pregnancy occurs in children, with Jesus takes on a new significance that illuminates the understanding of the mystery of man and mark our existence with values that flourish in attitudes: tenderness, hope, patience. Without these three attitudes (tenderness, hope, patience) you can not respect the life and growth of the unborn child. Tenderness commits us, throws us hope for the future, patience accompanies our hopes on overpost passing day. And the three attitudes are a kind of crimp for the life that is growing day by day.
When these attitudes are not, then the child becomes an “object”, away from his father and his mother, and often “something” that bothers someone intruder in the lives of adults who seek to live in peace, folded about themselves in a paralyzing selfishness. From the bosom of his Mother Jesus accepts all risks of selfishness. Already born, but still a child, he was subjected to persecution of Herod who “killed the children in their flesh because he killed the fear in his heart.” Today also children and unborn children, the threat selfishness of those who suffer the shadow of despair in his heart, sowing fear and hopelessness that leads to killing. Today also our individualistic culture refuses to be fruitful, takes refuge in a leveling down permissiveness, although the price of the non-fertility is innocent blood. Today we are also influenced by the human biodegrader theism, that theism spray that aims to meet the great truth: “the Word is come in the flesh”. Today also the cultural proposal to withdraw into himself in a selfishly individualistic dimension is built at the expense of the rights of the people, of the children. These are traits of modern Herod.
The Incarnation of the Word, Jesus unborn child in the womb of Mary, once again calls us to courage. We do not degrade in simplistic culture overrides us and always-kills because of a little-ends up being a culture of death. We claim the presence of Christ and in the bosom of his mother, who relocates presence reality of the unborn child. Here is founded our Yes to life, a reasoned Yes for Life wanted to share that which is our Way. In Christ the centrality of man as a masterpiece of creation is fulfilled. Participating in the fullness understand more deeply the mystery of man from the moment of conception and order natural ethics governing this life.
In this day of the Incarnation of the Word I want to ask our Mother, the Virgin Mary, that puts us close to Jesus. That will grow in our hearts attitudes of tenderness, hope, and patience to safeguard all human life, especially the most fragile, the most marginalized, the least you can defend. So be it.
Buenos Aires, March 25, 2004.
Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.