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On Monday, December 8th, we will celebrate the Great Feast of the Immaculate Conception. What does this feast mean to us? First we must recognize that this feast celebrates the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother Saint Anne, not the conception of Jesus. Defined as a dogma of faith in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, it declares that, “the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by singular grace, granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from original sin.”
Second, we must recognize that this is not the first time God created a human person without sin. Both Adam and Eve, the first parents, were created without sin before the fall. Just as Christ is referred to as the “New Adam” (1Cor. 15:45), so Mary is often referred to as the “New Eve” by the Church Fathers. If the first Eve was created sinless, then the promised “Woman” in Genesis 3:15, the “New Eve” must be sinless also, for the fulfillment in the New Covenant is greater than the Old.
As John Duns Scotus said: “The perfect mediator has to effect a perfect mediation in respect of the person in whose favor He mediates and in the perfection of His function as mediator. Mary was the one above all for whom He became mediator, therefore Christ achieved the most perfect mediation and redemption in His own function as mediator and redeemer in regard to Mary.” He also said, “In fact I pass on to Jesus concerning His Mother and the salvation which was hers—a salvation which preceded her birth, absolute and perfect and the rest of mankind now only in process.”
Because of the great love of God for us, that He wants us to participate in the Divine Love of the Holy Trinity, He wants us all to be like Mary, Bearer of God. What God does in Mary, He wants us also to receive and possess through Mary, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us to open our hearts to God and imitate her total availability to do the will of God and be holy like her.
In Christ and Mary Immaculate,
Fr. Jess Ty
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