On the 8th DECEMBER the Church celebrate the Solemnity of THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
It might seem strange that whilst in Advent, and preparing for the birth of Jesus, we pause to remember the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Too often confuse this term Immaculate Conception, thinking it relates to Jesus’ conception by the Holy Spirit. Christ’s conception is celebrated at the Annunciation.
So what is the Immaculate Conception about? Catholics believe that, in order that Mary might be worthy to be a tabernacle of the Son of God (Theotokos – God-bearer), she was kept free from Original Sin. Original Sin is what causes us to stray for living how we know we should, rejecting God, and doing what we know to be wrong (Concupiscence).
Mary was kept free from Original Sin so that she might give a completely free ‘yes’, when asked to bear the Son of God. Otherwise she might have simply said ‘yes’ out of guilt, shame, or fear. We attain this same freedom from Original Sin at Baptism and can maintain it through the grace of God received in the Sacraments.
We ask our Blessed Mother to pray for us as we say : Hail Mary…
Confess: You can refresh your baptismal state by coming to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent.