The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

The feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary reminds me of the chalice because in a way, when Mary was carrying Jesus in her womb, she was a vessel of God. Would the Incarnate Son of God deserve anything less than the Blessed Virgin Mary? Nobody is perfect, we say. Everybody has their faults and sins. This is true only if we exempt the Blessed Virgin Mary. Because God made her the perfect vessel from whom the Son of God was to assume the flesh of our humanity.

The privilege of Mary being conceived in the womb free from the stain of Original Sin from the first moment of conception was granted to her in view of her becoming the Mother of God. The point was made twice in the  Angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, “You will bear a Son … and He will be called the Son of the Most High.” The honor of Mary being sinless and conceived immaculate, therefore, owes to the Holy Child that she was to bring forth into the world.

We hold Mary with much devotion and love because God conferred such a great honor on her. The Angel’s    greeting that she was the favored One, chosen by God, filled with grace and the Holy Spirit. Could this be said of Mary if there were any sin in her? We look to Mary with pride because God chose a simple humbled woman, human like us, and made her great in holiness. We thank Mary, for by her “Yes,” the hope of salvation was made possible to us. It is only right that we call on her: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

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