Saturday, December 08, 2007

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:26-38 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prayer Reflection

Dear Father you gave to us a woman who has conquered many a hardened heart for love of you. The Gospel gives us an accounting of the visit that will give to us your Beloved Son. A woman who goes to the ends of the earth to give us a chance at life. She comes to us each day as a loving Mother, soothing our fears and also chastising us for our foolishness. Don't our own mothers do the same when we err and when we strive to do good. Just as you do for us when we go astray, you come to find us and bring us home to you where you teach us forgiveness. Our Mother is a model of perfection and her love for you dear Father is shown in how she said "YES," when you asked her to do your will and be the mother of your Son. When you ask us to do your will, we find all sorts of excuses don't we. And still we find our Mother in our midst trying to tell us to love you and do your will. Our Mother who loves us knows best.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post Marie,

I'm a new Catholic who came to Christ's great Church in mid-life. Next to the sublime gifts of the Most Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, getting to know "my spiritual mother" Mary has been the greatest blessing!

Can you point me to more resources concerning Mary's practical role as "mother" in our lives?

You can read more about my conversion story at:

Advent Peace,