Advent Reflection Booklet 2013 - Immaculata University - page 11

Second Monday of Advent
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Hail favored one! The
Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God. Behold you will conceive in your
womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will
be great…and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
When the angel appeared to Mary she was presented with two
scenarios: A Privilege and A Challenge. The Privilege: She
was conceived without sin, full of grace, and destined to be the
Mother of Jesus. The Challenge: Because Mary did not have
relations with a man she was troubled. However, she was told
that the power of the Most High would overshadow her and that
the Holy Spirit would come upon her…and the child to be born
would be called the Son of God.” Mary’s unconditional faith
was tested as she accepted God’s will and allowed it to prevail.
Mary’s reply was “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May
it be done unto me according to your word.”
Mary did not let fear paralyze and stop her from fulfilling her
mission. We must follow Mary’s example because God has a
plan for each one of us. He expects us to make this world a
place of peace, and those people who inhabit it persons of good
will. The only way we can do this is by abolishing the fear, wor-
ry and anxiety which often paralyze us as we pursue our goals.
In this year of Faith, do you believe that the Lord is with you and
that you have nothing to fear? Mary was a teenager when Gabri-
el appeared to her. No wonder she was “troubled” when she was
told that she was to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of the Most
High. Faith is a gift which should be treasured and nourished.
Repeat often:
“I do believe, help Thou my unbelief
Sister Nancy Coyle, IHM
Assistant Professor Emeritae,
Business/Accounting Department
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