Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Immaculate Conception

Many people think that the Immaculate Conception refers to Jesus. His conception was made possible when His mother said yes after being asked to become the Mother of God. The conception was done through the power of the Holy Spirit and His mother remained a virgin.

The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary’s conception in her mother’s womb. Many people believe that in order for our Savior to come to us, He had to be free from the stain of original sin that all of us have. Mary’s Immaculate Conception was done through the power of the Holy Spirit.

There is controversy amongst the different faiths regarding Mary’s role. In Luke 1:47, Mary proclaims, “My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.” Some may ask why Mary needed a Savior if she was free of sin since conception. The answer to this can be addressed in two parts. First, Mary needed a Savior to allow her to come into the world free from sin. It can be called “pre-redemption”. Second, even though she was free from sin, she needed God to keep her from sinning.

Mary was asked to be the Mother of God. She had a choice. If she had said no, our Savior would not have been born. Her yes to God is the example that all of us do our best to follow each day.

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. When a woman appeared to a 14 year-old girl in Lourdes in 1858, she told her, “I am the Immaculate Conception”. There have been many appearances by her since the visit in Lourdes. Each time she appears, her message is always about her Son.

It makes sense to me that Mary can come and go from Heaven and earth. Since God created her free from original sin, she does not age or get sick. Regardless of what your individual beliefs about Mary may be, take a moment to thank God for sending His only Son so that we can have eternal life. Let Mary’s yes to God be an example for the world and lets do our best to follow her Son.

Below is a video of Joshua Bell playing Ave Maria. He is the same person who played in the subway in the post from a couple of days ago. Enjoy the music and have a great day…

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