Posted by: livingscripture | December 8, 2016

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

 WORD of the DAY

 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.    (Luke 1:30)

 How shall I live this Word?100_Queen_of_peace[1]

 “Do not be afraid” is one of the most common reassurances that we can express.  It is part of the common experience we feel when the state of fear lives in us latently and emerges like an alarm in front of an unknown novelty we come into contact with.  Often, this anxious fear is provoked by the difficulty to accept diversity, changes, the unforeseen, and frustrations.  In some people, this fear becomes pathological and manifests the state of immaturity and of extreme fragility of the human condition.  Reactions to fear are varied and multiple.  We go from a violent reaction to fleeing in isolation; from intolerance to indifference.  It is the manifestation of our fear of loving and living.

In Biblical thought, the invitation to “not be afraid” should be understood as a reassuring expression, but also as a revelation that opens new perspectives in view of faith and hope in tomorrow.  Mary is invited to not be afraid, to not close in on herself, to be on the defensive:  She has found favor with God!  Mary has found so much grace that she is full of Grace and becomes the Blessed One.  This is her true name!  It is her true name and ours as well.  In fact, the Love God has for us is Himself in us!

Trust conquers fear because it lets us rest tranquilly and serenely, like a baby in its mother’s arms.  Trust regenerates energies to love and continue to love.  Trust converts us to the Heart of Christ and helps us to let ourselves be loved by Him.  Mary Immaculate helps us to do as She did, to trust God’s Love to the point of being able to recognize our true name in this Love!

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 On this feast we contemplate our beautiful Immaculate Mother, and we also recognize our truest destiny, our deepest vocation: to be loved; to be transformed by love, to be transformed by the beauty of God.  We look at Her, our Mother, and we let Her look at us because She is our Mother and loves us very much. Let Her look at us to learn to be more humble and also more courageous in following the Word of God; to receive the tender embrace of Her Son Jesus, an embrace that gives us life, hope, and peace (Angelus, December 8, 2013).







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