From a Creighton Student's Perspective
December 8, 2010
Junior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: a day in the Church year on which we celebrate the conception of Mary, free of Original Sin. The first reading in from the Book of Genesis. It is the story of the Fall, and Eve becoming the mother of all the living. Our mother, yes, but a mother tainted with sin.
In the second reading, Paul reminds us that God wanted to adopt us as his children. But how was he to accomplish this? He did so by sending His Son to redeem us. I think the way He chose to send His Son to us is important. He did not send Christ to a rich man’s home or a man who became part of the religious elite. Instead, Christ was born to a 16 year-old, unwed mother of low birth status. Yet, she is “full of grace,” as Luke tells us in the Gospel. God would not leave our salvation up to chance. Rather, he decided to give us the Son through a woman whom He filled with grace: grace enough to bear our redeemer.
For me, one of the most important things to understand of the Gospel is the last lines. Despite her confusion of what is happening, despite her apprehension of being an unwed mother, despite not seeing the whole plan, Mary says yes. She says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” A song I often hear sung on this feast day describes this moment well. It is called “No Wind at the Window,” and the last stanza says, “No payment was promised, no promises made/No wedding was dated, no blue print displayed/Yet Mary, consenting to what none could guess/Replied with conviction, ‘tell God I say yes.’” We should always strive in our lives to echo Mary’s yes. Despite not understanding what God is calling us to do, despite not seeing the entire plan, we should always say “Yes!”
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