Advent Reflection: It was not just Mary
Ok. So first, let’s clarify something. The Immaculate Conception is about Mary, the Blessed Mother. It is not about Jesus, the Incarnation. There, now that we have that out of the way, let’s think about one way we might see how Mary’s Immaculate Conception is connected to our call to discipleship to her Son Jesus.
To be sure, today we recall yet again the magnificent fiat, or “let it be done” of Mary. Without understanding, but with deep faith, Mary agrees to give birth to Jesus. There is the power of the Holy Spirit, and the generous and total gift of self of Mary. And this is not completely or totally unlike what God wants from us.
What do I mean? I mean that just as God asks Mary to surrender her will to God, so too he asks us. Of course, we sinned, and so we do not have the perfect yes of the Blessed Mother. But God reaches out to us nonetheless. And it is because of Mary’s “yes” to God that we can say “yes” to God.
So when God reaches out to you to ask you to do his will for you, will you?
Each day during the season of Advent, you will find an advent reflection from faculty and students at Christian Brothers College High School. To find all the reflections, go to our Advent Reflections page.