Today the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. When I was young, I used to think that this referred to Jesus being conceived immaculately. And then I learned that this title referred to Our Lady. Since I love Our Lady (see here as an example), I need to say something about her feast. (Even when I’m only quoting from authoritative sources.)
” We believe that God chose Mary, before the creation of the world, to be the Mother of God. And because he had chosen her for that unique role, he prepared her in a special way. He preserved her from original sin and gave her to two devout, faithful parents.” (Read more here).
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Bishop Robert Barron’s meditation)
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Church Fathers consistently referred to Mary as the New Eve—which is to say, the one who reversed the momentum started by the mother of the human race. The Ave of the angel was seen as the reversal of Eva. While Eve grasped at divinity, Mary said, “Let it be done unto me.”
Here’s the liberating paradox: passivity before objective values is precisely what makes life wonderful. Allowing oneself to be invaded and rearranged by objective value is what makes life worth living. And this applies unsurpassably to our relationship with God. The message that your life is not about you does indeed crush the false self that would bend the whole world to its purposes, but it sets free the true self.
The Immaculate Conception itself is concealed in the privacy of salvation history, but the effects of it are on clear display in this Gospel. In the presence of the supreme value, we ought to say, along with Mary, “Be it done unto me!”
Below is taken from another article on the www.Marian.org website:
“How does the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary fit into God’s merciful plan for mankind? The dogma, proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1854, says:
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.
So Mary’s unique privilege of being conceived without sin was not just for her own benefit. It was derived from God having chosen her as Mother of the Savior for us all (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 490).”
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