Beads of Joy 12-08-09
Immaculate Conception of Mary
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Today we celebrate a most joyous blessed celebration of the Immaculate Conception of our dearest Blessed Mother. Throughout time more and more we can see and know that she certainly was "full of grace". No other person in the entire existence of life has ever had the privilege from Almighty God to bore the Son of God. Seriously think of this connection. Christ who is without sin, by the power of the Holy Spirit was conceived in the womb of our Blessed Mother. The blood and nutrients that flowed through Mary's body, flowed through Jesus' sacred body.
Mary's immediate response to the angel Gabriel, shows us that she had complete trust and confidence in God's promises; without ever knowing where it was all leading to. God gave Mary the grace and strength to stay true to the course (that is God's will), that He had planned for her. Without hesitation God pours grace upon all those who believe in Him. The heart felt trust Mary had in God is the same He wants from us. We have a choice: Do we yield to God's grace with willingness and obedience; or do we resist it and embrace the evil in our world?
Today's celebration is focused on the purity of our Blessed Mother. She is without a doubt directly after our Lord, thee purest human that has ever lived. In order for her to carry in her womb the Son of God who is thee purest, she had to be pure. She was full of grace because of her trust in God's word. How seriously do we believe in God's word, His promises, and what grace He will bestow upon us in our life? Do we seriously live a life so simple and so pure, that we would instantly say, "yes" if we were asked to do something that God asked of us that might possibly hurt us, from the angle we see it, or do we trust that only God knows what's best for us? Would our trust out weigh our doubt and personal fears? It's something to think about.
Those are important questions that need to be considered. The challenge we should all take on in our lives; should be to live a life before our Lord that emulates His mother's. She knew when she was speaking to the angel Gabriel that that conversation; and what he was saying about the soon to be miracle birth were beyond any human understanding. Yet regardless of the obvious, her love and devotion and deepest trust in God surpassed any doubt that would turn her away from God's request. We must embrace Mary as our Mother and follow her to our Lord.
Like Mary, we must have no fear, and live a life pleasing to God.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO