The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we can reflect on Our Lady’s beautiful witness and on how it sets an example for all believers.  While Our Lady was the mother of the Redeemer, she was also dependent—like the rest of us—on the Redeemer’s saving grace.  We may not be sinless like she was; nevertheless, we are all called to live the life of the new creation that Our Lady so perfectly embodied.

Saint Paul says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).   Our Lady’s heart was set on pleasing God. In everything she did, she demonstrated a childlike faith and trust in God and in his promises to her.  When she accepted the angel’s call to be the mother of the Messiah, Our Lady freely surrendered her rights to a normal life.  Instead, she determined to follow God’s plan wherever it led.  All of us who have experienced the love and forgiveness of God in a personal way understand how dramatically our entire perspective can be changed by one touch from the Lord.

Saint Paul says, “Jesus died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Cor. 5:15).  As a new creation living for Our Lord, our lives are drastically different from those whose hearts are set on this world alone.  When we live for God we no longer live for ourselves, or the approval of others.  Our primary desire is to please the One who died for us!  We want to become ambassadors for Christ, bringing his life and light to a world in need.

Our Lady’s entire life was set on fulfilling God’s plan and advancing his kingdom.  In prayer, she sought out his wisdom and direction and then moved in simple, trusting obedience. Neither years of patient waiting nor the painful culmination of Our Lord’s ministry caused her to lose heart.  Let us continue to imitate Our Lady’s example: by faith, she moved in the blessed freedom of a true daughter of God.

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