December 8, 2020
First Reading Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Second Reading Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Gospel Luke 1:26-38
Artwork by Megan E. | Class of 2024
Breathe in and imagine something for me for a few moments. Imagine being approached by an angel. Listen to this angel tell you that you are the vessel to salvation, and you will bring into this world and give birth to the human form of God. And this holy baby of yours will, ultimately, save all of humanity and set us free. Breathe out.
Now, let's talk about pressure.
What are you like under pressure? If you are anything like me, you might put things off as much as possible so as not to fail. Then, when it gets to it, you completely shut down and go mute. Or maybe you are like Mary - totally cool, calm, collected, and full of grace.
"Hail Mary, full of grace." When angel Gabriel approached Mary to present her with the task of giving birth of Jesus, she was also presented with this unique characteristic of being the one full of grace. I'm sure Mary had her moments of self-doubt, but it seems like Mary embraced it all. She continually embraced this daunting call from God no matter how challenged or pressured she might've felt through it all.
On this Feast day of the Immaculate Conception, we are reminded that grace is the presence of God and we are called to live our lives full of grace and fully aware of God's presence - just how Mary did.
No matter where we find ourselves, especially during this time of the year, we must remember that God calls us to embrace the tensions, the pressures, and the challenges. And with that embrace, to breathe in and breathe out.
By Caroline Cacabelos