08 Dec 2016: ‘O Favoured One’


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1. Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4; Reading 2. Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Gospel Lk. 1: 26-38

The gospel reading of the day is the familiar scene of the Annunciation. The angel greets Mary as the ‘favoured one’. She is the object of God’s grace and favour. The full flow of Gods’ good pleasure has been already concentrating on her. Commentators say that Mary, more than any other human being in the Bible is the recipient of the most impressive salutation ‘the Lord is with Thee’. What is manifested in the reply of Mary is the basic attitude of faith. The expressions, ‘full of grace’, ‘the Lord is with Thee’, ‘blessed art thou among women’ speak Mary’s high dignity. The Church understands them also as referring to that singular privilege of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, which we are celebrating today.

Our faith in Mary’s Immaculate Conception does not centre so much around Mary, but rather on God and His Christ. We mediate today on the mighty power of God and the saving grace of Christ which can work wonderers on human beings. The Immaculate Conception means that the grace of God can so penetrate to the very depths and roots of the human person that it can transform that person at the roots of his being. That’s what happened to Mary. Mary and her special privileges are indeed a hope for us who are journeying on earth that the grace of God can transform us from within if we accept the will of God wholeheartedly. Therefore it is most necessary that Mary, the mother of God and our mother and the sinless one has to intercede for us who has already obtained this grace from God. Let’s cultivate a filial love and devotion towards Mary that She may intercede for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

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