“Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, And they will call him, Emmanuel (‘God with us').” Mathew 1: 23 and Isaiah 7: 14
In both the Gospel of Matthew and Isaiah, a messenger appears as a sign from God, heralding a new era. In each passage, the words “do not be afraid” appear... offering a clue that the messenger–whether prophet or angel–was referencing something that induced fear in the recipient.
A new way of being, of relating and loving takes courage–eschewing the present order of things so that a new and better day can be born.