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From: Anne Burns <anne>
Date: 3 December 2010 11:37:37 GMT
Subject: The Imaculate Conception
From time to time the Sunday supplements run lists of the world’s most important women of all time. They often include figures like Marie Curie or Elizabeth I. But they never include the most important woman that has ever lived – Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This ordinary woman born in obscurity in Palestine 2,000 years ago has changed the course of human history like no other. And of all the women who have ever lived she has been the most venerated and honoured. She is held in such high esteem because it was through her faith that the second person of the Trinity was able to become a human being and achieve our salvation.
On Wednesday we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. We believe that Mary from the first moment of her conception was preserved from sin. This unique privilege was hers because God, in his foreknowledge, could see that she would be the one to say ‘Yes’ to his plan for our salvation. This privilege is something given to Mary and shows how her whole life was one of complete response to God’s grace. We are used to grasping for what we want, May just opened herself up to God’s spirit and received the fullness of life.
On this feast day let us ask Mary to pray for us that we may learn from her, and open ourselves to the will of God.