Yesterday, December 8, was the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation for Catholics. The girls and I were supposed to hear mass at Christ The King Church in Greenmeadows after I finished my doctor appointment by 4:30 p.m. but found out that the mass won’t be until 6 pm, giving us a little over an hour to wait. We didn’t want to wait that long and decided to call Padre Pio Chapel nearby to check what time their mass was going to be…5:30 p.m. That gave us enough time to drive from Christ The King to Padre Pio Chapel.
What is Immaculate Conception and what is it not? Here’s the answer:
The priest gave a very insightful homily yesterday which made me realize that we were meant to hear mass at Padre Pio Chapel instead of Christ The King. What a divine blessing! Let me share what he said.
What were the words of Mary as recorded in the Bible? There were 4 instances:
(1) The Anunciation
“How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
“I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
(2) Her Visit to her cousin Elizabeth
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of th humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call be blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” (Luke 1:46-55)
(3) Finding of Jesus in the Temple
“Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” (Luke 2:48)
(4) The Wedding at Cana
“They have no wine.” (John 2:3)
“Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
After her last words at Cana, Mary said nothing else. Which only means that we are to LISTEN, FOLLOW, and TRUST her SON, JESUS CHRIST, after that! That was an enlightenment for me, Arielle, and Kayla!
What were 3 moments of prayer of Mary?
(1) The greeting
(2) Followed by the pondering
(3) Finally, the surrendering
I searched for Bible verses of these moments, which are actually all about the Anunciation, and found the one from The Message as the best imagery version: Luke 1:26-38.
How can we be like Mary?
(1) No lies
(2) No deception
(3) No pretension
In other words, BE BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE.
Our Mama Mary is indeed the perfect model for Catholic women. We are to emulate her simplicity, beauty, humility, trust, and faith.
As parting words, may we mothers and our daughters be beautiful just like Mary and live a life leading others to her Son, Jesus Christ!