The risk that God took on Mary
December 8, 2018 Saturday, 1st Week of Advent Immaculate Conception 1st Reading: Gen 3:9-15, 202nd Reading: Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
The angel came to (Mary) and said, “Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean. But the angel said, “Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have noe nd.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be if I am a virgin?” And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and thepower of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible.” Then Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said.” And the angel left her.
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Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holiday of obligation. Let us reflect today on God’s wise move of saving the world and Mary’s role in this divine project of salvation.
God’s salvation proposal to human beings presented through Mary may sound strange. But this doesn’t mean that God is illogical. God’s proposal appears bizarre because our minds cannot fathom the depth of God’s wisdom. The incarnation, for example, is weird. No woman would ever conceive without the intervention of a man. Mary’s conception of Jesus defied natural law. When in faith she said, “Yes” to God’s proposal, Mary gambled her sanity .But God was the first to make the biggest gamble. Freeing Mary from all stains of original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Anne in view of her role in the incarnation event was the bigger risk. What if Mary said “NO” to the proposal of the Angel? Luckily, Mary was worth all the risk. She said, “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Mary became the meeting point of God’s infinite power and man’sgenerosity. When the unlimited power of God is matched with untold generosity and docility on the part of human beings, great things happen. The level of generosity and docility required involves thewillingness to gamble even logical thinking because often times God’sproposals sound illogical to the human mind. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM . Email: [email protected]
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