Ephesians 1:6 “In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will”Ephesians 1:6
Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are a lot of things that I have accepted as a Catholic without knowing history or origination of the belief, especially some of the dogmas of the church. Recently I was asked to do a little research on the Miraculous Medal. As I read a few articles on the internet and a chapter from a book, I have learned that the framework for the dogma of the Immaculate Conception came from the apparition of the Blessed Mother to Catherine Laboure and the words that Mary revealed to her as part of this apparition which are printed on the outer rim of the image on the Miraculous Medal.
There is so much richness in our Catholic faith. A lot of it is in the history and origin of the faith when Jesus commissioned His apostles to build the church and bring the faith to the all God’s children, Gentile and Jew. One very rich part of our origin is that we have not only a father but a mother. Through both our Heavenly Father and the Blessed Mother we are united as brothers and sisters to Christ. We are adopted into a family with both a mother and father.
As we move along this second week of Advent, I think it is important to sit and reflect on what Mary was thinking during this time as she was carrying the son of God within her womb. What was she feeling? Was she at peace when there was no room at the inn? Did she trust God’s plan when she was faced with discomfort and no where to go? Consider the intimate relationship she had with God and ask yourself how intimate is my relationship with God? Is my heart full of discontent that I’m struggling to provide room for God to come into my heart, into my life, into my day to day tasks. In my lowest state, can I trust that God can still find room to shed His love within me, just as He found a stable to welcome His beloved Son.