The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “You shall conceive and bear a son
and give him the name Jesus.” Mary said, “How can this be?” The
angel answered her, “The power from on high will overshadow
you.” Luke 1:30-35
Behind God’s plan of love was the divine “power of life.” That was the original Advent declaration given to Mary. “The power of the most high” would come to Mary and, with her consent, begin the project of salvation for all. Such awesome beginnings had to be foolproof! The dignity of God demanded it. That is why Mary was
immaculately conceived. Even though she couldn’t have been aware of it, she was created to be the most pure embodiment of the loving plan of God. She was completely gifted for the furtherance of divine compassion. By celebrating this feast day we are really praising God . . . the thoroughness of God’s preparations.
MARY SPEAKS TO YOU
“I am grateful for this special celebration of mine. The gift of being born without sin is a gift for me alone. I didn’t deserve it. God deserved it! God wanted everything arranged just right because I was to be the mother of the Messiah. You, too, have received a whole assortment of God-given favors at your birth. Without deserving any of them, you received bones that could grow, a brain that could learn, eyes and ears that could function, a home you could feel safe in. If you develop gratitude for the good beginning God has given you, that sense of gratitude is itself the first step of Advent. Thankfulness is the very best way of welcoming the ‘power from on high.'”
Jesus, make me more a giving person and less a griping person. And let me be more spontaneous in giving thanks for the uniqueness I was born with and for all the care that keeps me going. This way, I can thank you for your mother, too. Amen.