Posted by: livingscripture | December 8, 2009

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

From the Word of the Day


Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. 

May it be done to me according to your word.

                                                    Luke 1: 38


How should we live this Word

 The Immaculate Conception is one of the most beautiful Marian feasts!  It is well located in the Advent season because it shows us how to wait for the God who comes.  Mary is immaculate, pure in her heart, in her mind, in her body.  All of her belongs to God.  As some mystics state, God could not but make a worthy dwelling place for Himself on earth.  Mary’s beauty was her ‘yes’ to God.

With all humility and in a spirit of service, she expressed the Love that identifies us as creatures.  Thus Mary cooperated in the Father’s plan to save the world through the Incarnation of the Word.  In a certain sense, the apex of human history came also through her humble ‘yes’ that was free and full of love.  Every thing that followed in her life, in her daily routine was the simple adhesion to what the Lord asked of her moment by moment.  He did not ask great things of her.  Only her love was great.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze upon Mary as she learns of God’s will and her acceptance of it in a spirit of humble love and in her humble service each day of her life.

 Behold, I am Your handmaid, as Mary was, Lord Jesus.  Grant that I too may generate You in the world.

 The voice of St. Bernard, devotee of Mary

 May her name never abandon your heart and your lips.  Never cease to imitate her example in your life and thus obtain the help of her prayer.  Follow her and you will never stray, your will never know desperation.  Thinking of her, you will never err.  If she sustains you, you will not drown.  If she protects you, you will fear nothing.  Under her guidance, you will not fear fatigue.  With her protection, you will reach the port.  Then you will know from your personal experience how true the words are, ‘the name of the Virgin was Mary’.

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