Day 9: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

DOES GOD’S WORD MATTER?

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

 Adam and Eve ate the fruit forbidden by God, and they were punished. Mary listened and kept the Word of God and pondered in her heart. She said to the Archangel Gabriel, “May it be done to me according to your word.” And she faithfully followed this mystery to the end.

 As we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are called to meditate on the willingness of Mary and the goodness of God.

 First, Mary’s willingness brings salvation to all humanity. Regardless of her current situation and relationship, she was willing to have a conversation with the Archangel about “the big plan” ahead.

 “You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”

 This news was huge. She was open to it. Her private life and plan with her spouse Joseph will be changed. This acceptance without Joseph’s opinion will be very risky. Nevertheless, Mary still said YES to God to fulfill God’s will. Her faith, hope and love must be very strong and real to be able to discern this promise of God.

 Second, God’s goodness is boundless. God became human through another woman. God is willing to become a little child and to be raised by a simple couple, Joseph and Mary. God must love us so much. God does not just become a human but also he is with us forever to bless and to guide us.

 We are in the middle of the Advent season. We are invited to settle down, to submit ourselves, to be open to God like Mary, and to allow God’s love flowing in our lives. Every breath of life is the breath of God’s grace.

Reflection question: How often and open are you to encounter God through your daily activity? If God sent a messenger to ask you a favor, would you say yes?