Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 8, 2011

Ryan Oberman

Sophomore, Pre-Pharmacy

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gn 3:9-15, 20
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Lk 1:26-38

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” –Luke 1: 30

Today’s Gospel reading is the foreshadowing of the birth of Jesus. Placed right in the middle of the Advent season, the angel Gabriel comes down to Mary and reveals God’s plan for her. She is to give birth to the savior of humanity, the Son of God himself, Jesus the Christ. Mary accepts her calling without hesitation, without knowing that some thirty years later she would watch him die upon the cross.

The story of Mary is one about accepting the divine plan that God has for all of us. But unlike Mary, most of us will not have an archangel descend upon us to hand-deliver the will of God. This story is about not only accepting that will, but also finding it. Just like Mary, each of us has a calling. We are each given gifts, talents, and opportunity, and I find that in my life I often forget that opportunity is also a gift from God. But God also gives us the freedom to choose what to do with those gifts, talents, and opportunities. Mary was given the calling and the opportunity to be the mother of the Son of God, but God gave her the choice to choose. And like Mary, we need to take the opportunities we are given to use our God-given gifts to the fullest. Our calling is to make the most of what we have been given: to spread the Word of God the very best we can. And while we may not have an archangel descend and give us the ever important task of bearing Jesus, we still have a mission and an intention on this earth, and we need to choose to discern it and live it out.

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