The Immaculate Conception of Mary means, that Mary was conceived "Immaculate", without the stain of original sin. Adam and Eve's sin was inherited by all other human beings, but God spared the Mother of His Son. This is stated in the first book of the Bible.
Then Yahweh God said to the snake, ‘‘because you have done this, accursed be you of all animals wild and tame! .... I shall put enmity between you and the Woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel.” (Genesis 3: 14-15).
The ‘Woman’, God referred to, was Mary, and her ‘Offspring’ - Jesus. The sinless mother – the Immaculate Conception of Mary was in the divine plan of God from the very inception of the world.
God loved us so much that He planned to send His son through this spotless mother. Therefore, we too can ask her to protect us in times of temptation. Fr. John Rizzo once mentioned that sin originates in the head, and that we can ask Mary to crush those sins of thought - the head of the serpent. It is Mary’s role as our heavenly mother to protect us, but it is our duty to ask.
Your daily prayer for protection from sin:
Oh Mary, conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to you.
Some people say that Mary was human like us with a 'free will' which is a gift from God. Therefore, could she have easily sinned? But, does it make sense that divinity and evil could mix, if the son of God was to conceive in her womb?
Jesus was pure and sinless and he had to be born of a
pure, sinless mother. Yes Mary was human, but she chose not to sin, hence God through the Angel called her 'full of Grace'.
Eve, the first woman was made sinless in the image of God, but Eve used her 'free will' to sin. Starting from Adam and Eve, the world became a place of pride, anger, jealousy, wrath and killings.
Yet God in his utmost compassion for humans made another woman sinless and gave her the gift of free will. This mother used her free will to crush the head of the serpent and remain sinless. This new Eve was full of ‘grace’ and we call this Divine work of God, the 'Immaculate Conception of Mary'.
When the Angel appeared to Mary, and asked her
to bear a child, Mary used her free will again to say ‘Yes’. Although, she was a virgin and knowing the
consequences of her culture, she yet made a choice for our sake. She thought of us all and said, “Yes, let it
be done according to His will". Today we
have Jesus because this wonderful Mother helped in God's divine plan.
We have no doubt that God loved Mary, because it was God who chose her to be the mother of His Son, Jesus. When God sent his Angel to convey the
message to Mary, he said;
“Rejoice, you who enjoy God's favour ! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28).
These words in the Bible clearly show that God loved Mary.
The Angel continues,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God”.(Luke 1:35).
What better way could God express His love for Mary?
Mary was God’s favoured woman and she was conceived without original sin. The conception of this ‘Woman’ mentioned in Genesis 3:14-15, is the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God informed us about Mary,
“... the young woman is with child and will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
Mary’s call to us to accept and love her son is mentioned in the book of Revelation.
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth” (Revelation 12:1).
The story continues, that God loved Mary and prepared a place for her.
“The woman was delivered of a boy, the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron sceptre, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne, while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her ...” (Revelation 12:5-6).
In John 19:25-27, Jesus hands over his Mother to us, while on the Cross when He says;
“Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your Mother” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
The Immaculate Conception of Mary was God’s plan. If, Mary was good enough for God to be chosen to be His Mother, she is good for us as a means to grow towards God.
Here is a special request to my readers:
If you want to know more about Jesus and love Him more, like the disciple John, take His Mother to your home - your heart, your family. Keep her with you and you will experience the Love of Jesus.
Have you heard about the hidden years of Jesus' life on this earth? Did you ever wonder why God decided that Jesus should spend the majority of his life (30+ years) with his Mother?