Some Thoughts on Mary’s Immaculate Conception

Some Thoughts on Mary’s Immaculate Conception

How wonderful it is that the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary always falls within the start of Advent. [While] we wait with longing for the Word made flesh to come to us as Emmanu-el (God-with-us), we are invited to consider how deeply planned, how “not-random” is his coming, by pondering his Mother Mary.

“Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s son, nothing could be redeemed,” declared St. Anselm in a sermon, also noting that God is “Father” of the created world and Mary the “Mother” of the world recreated in Christ.
From the very beginnings of her existence … the body and soul of Mary were created as the imperatively immaculate vessel required for the containment and growth of the Incarnation of the All Holy. Mary was created with the graces that would render her a fit Ark for the New Covenant.

It makes perfect sense that the God who is all good is also completely pure; therefore, the vessel in which he would reside … need also be pure, or it could never have been able to sustain all of the light, all of the holiness, all of that power extant within the All-in-All.
It’s a lot to take in, and something we rarely consider (even when we say, “To Jesus, through Mary”): that Christ’s Body and his Blood are Mary’s as well—that the foundational materials of our Holy Eucharist come to us through Mary. Especially in this month, let us say each day, with perfect confidence in this “Mother of the world, recreated in Christ”: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Elizabeth Scalia, To Jesus Through Mary? Why Yes, and T’was Ever Thus,
Word on Fire Blog, December 5, 2019