+ Feast of The Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2010
Genesis 3: 9 – 15, 20
Ephesians 1: 3 – 6, 11, 12
Luke 1: 26 – 38
Each year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady is celebrated during the Liturgical Season of Advent. This is entirely appropriate because the meaning of the Title is that the Virgin of Nazareth was conceived without Original Sin as preparation for her vocation as the Mother of God.
We are indebted to Saint Luke for his Gospel Narrative which recalls the occasion of the visit from Gabriel to the young Woman of Nazareth. Some of the church Fathers suggest that Our Lady was at Prayer when God’s Messenger arrives.
The brief encounter indicates that Mary wishes to understand what God is asking of her and how this is to come about. Her “Fiat,” her “yes” indicates her acceptance of God’s Plan for the salvation of mankind.
How is Our Lady able to respond in the manner she did? What enabled her to respond generously to God’s request?
A careful, reflective reading of Saint Luke and Saint John provide us with the answer. In these passages from Scripture one sees a certain portrait emerging of a remarkable young woman.
It is here in the pages of God’s Word that we learn that Mary of Nazareth is a woman of Faith, Silence, Humility, Prayer, Obedience and Service.
These virtues were acquired and enriched by Grace in response to Our Lady’s generosity and her willingness to help others, to serve those around us.
May these weeks of Advent and the Graces offered to us during these days prompt us to imitate the Mother of God and so live this Holy Season in the proper way.
Mary, most Holy, Mother of God and Our Mother, pray for us now and always.