Wish you all a very happy feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary prepared herself, patiently waiting
"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854).
Any celebration of Mother Mary brings us joy and is most important, since she is our mother and model. Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, and thus the Mother of God. Mary's importance cannot be dismissed without dismissing the validity of a significant portion of the New Testament. Mary is invoked as a powerful patron. The word "power" really means the ability to "get things done". Because she is so close to Jesus, she is the infinite intercessory power. The liturgy frequently recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in Advent during the time from December 17 to 24 and on the Sunday before Christmas, with echoes of the ancient prophecies regarding the Virgin Mary and the Messiah, and the Gospel readings relate to the coming birth and its precursor.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of December 8 - the Immaculate Conception of Mary - the importance of the occasion lies not in being able to rationalize the concept of ‘Immaculate Conception’ (born without the stain of original sin), because it is a ‘plan of God’, ‘ a promise of salvation’ and a ‘grace’. Rather, the occasion invites us to meditate and contemplate on the life of Blessed Virgin Mary who was preserved by God from original sin to bring the Savior into the world. We are invited to prepare ourselves for the Coming of Jesus, his "parousia", his Birth into our world, by preparing as Mary did. What was the response of Mary at the Annunciation for which she was kept pure and virginal? She was frightened, but easily overcame her fear by accepting the Word and the saving plan of God.
How did she prepare herself and wait to receive this grace and the choice of God bestowed upon to her? Of course, she was the channel through whom God brought forth His only begotten Son for our salvation. There is joy and hope in waiting for someone who is coming. All the more joy when you know the one who is coming. This was exactly the situation of Mother Mary. She prepared herself totally by her availability. She waited with joyful hope. She waited in vigilant prayer. She waited with gratitude. The Magnificat shows her deep gratitude for the grace she received for the salvation of the world.
Preparations are always important and part of our life. We do lot of preparations externally, mentally, spiritually... in our events, meetings, celebrations of our daily life. We see God Himself preparing for His Son’s coming. We see the basic preparation of God in the prophecy of prophet Isaiah (11:1-10) for the coming of the Savior. ‘There will come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit’ (11:1).
In the Immaculate conception we see the love of God for us in spite of our ‘fallen-ness’. We also see the importance of the One who comes and whom we wait.
What about our preparations for the One whom we know is coming? As always, Mary is our model. She devoted herself for waiting for the Lord with proper preparations. we await with deep longing, with deep joy and with deep faith.