Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Why is the Immaculate Conception Important?

You can't really call yourself a Catholic blogger without blogging about the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.

Okay, that's not really true, but I'm guessing this will be one of many posts on the topic around the Catholic Blogosphere today.

However, we're going to try to avoid approaching the topic from the angle of explaining the Immaculate Conception...especially the inevitable post that talks about how this feast refers to Mary and not Jesus.

Instead, we're going to focus on why the Immaculate Conception matters today, in 2015.

In today's culture, as it has most likely been for generations before I came along, we are all seemingly in search of the key to happiness. We're all tempted to click on the link that promising one quick trick that will lead us to the perfection we desire.

And yet, it all leads nowhere.

None of us are perfect, only God is, and our desire to traverse the quick and easy path to divinity is a pretty obvious result of our fallen nature.

We sin, we fall short, we struggle, and because of all of that we are in desperate need of a Savior.

The question is: How do we enter into a relationship with that Savior? How do we grow to know him so that we can actually welcome him as Christmas approaches?

The answers is: Mary, the Immaculate Conception.

Mary matters here in 2015 for the exact same reason that she mattered at the moment of her conception, the exact same reason she mattered at the moment of the Annunciation, and the exact same reason she mattered at the foot of the Cross.

Mary was the means for God the Father bringing Jesus into the word, and therefore it would make sense that Mary has been given to us as the means for bringing ourselves back to God as well.

The Immaculate Conception matters today because Mary is the masterpiece of God's creation. The masterpiece that we constantly strive to be ourselves. And yet, we try to become that masterpiece by faulty means and quick fixes. Instead, God intends for us to become that masterpiece in light of the Immaculate Conception, in light of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She leads us to Him. She leads us to that perfection that we all desire deep within our souls.

All we have to do is proclaim our own fiat, our own yes to God's plan.

All we have to do is sit and ponder the plan for happiness that Mary laid out for us:

"Do whatever He tells you."

Happy Solemnity, everyone!

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