“I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news” (Luke 1:19).
The parallel stories of the unusual conceptions of Samson and of John the Baptist prepare us for the miraculous conception of Jesus. Children are given to barren women as prelude to the virginal motherhood of Mary. Each story lifts further the events of salvation history from human causality to divine intervention. The promised savior will be more than an amazing figure; he will be the Son of God.