The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On this second week of Advent, we are given a time to consider one of the most crucial moments of the Christian story; the Immaculate Conception. On this day, the Church celebrates Mary as she was conceived without Original Sin, the inherited curse of humanity. There would only be One other conceived without Original Sin, but His time had not come yet.
God chose Mary from all time to be without blemish, so that she might be the perfect one to bear Christ, the Savior of the world. She was sinless, but this does not mean she was on auto-pilot! She had to struggle through her human life to follow God - and she was perfect at this. She more than anyone heeded the words of John the Baptist from today’s Gospel, “Prepare the Way of the Lord, make straight His path.” She was the way the Son of God would enter human history. This is why the Church often refers to her as Co-redeemer of the world, for without her there would be no Christ.
As we prepare for the coming of Christ in this Advent season, let us take this day to model our hearts after Mary. St. Thomas of Villanova says that Mary loved Jesus not just on a supernatural level as her savior, but also on a natural level as a mother loves a son. No one loved Jesus so much as Mary. If we wish to draw close to Christ, let us draw close to His Mother.
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Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38