YEAR A: HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HOMILY THEME: THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: (Lk. 1:26-38)
In today’s Gospel, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the angel Gabriel announce unto Mary that she will be the mother of the Son of God. Mary did not expect the announcement and it was too great a responsibility for her. Nevertheless, made full of grace by the Lord, she accepted it in faith and obedience to the Lord. Her acceptance and becoming the Mother of the Son of God paved the way for the will of God to save mankind through Jesus’ birth, ministry, passion and death.
God can save us by Himself. But the mystery of the Immaculate Conception tells us what St. Augustine had said, “God who created you without you, will not save you without you. Salvation requires our cooperation. We need to need to be saved. God has given us free will: freedom to love Him, freedom to obey Him, and freedom to be with Him. Mary gave us an example. It was not an easy “yes.” She risked her life with that consent. She also accepted the big responsibility to be the Mother of God. You can read it in Scriptures. Her seven sorrows, to name a few, gives us an inkling of what she went through. Yet, in the end, she was victorious. She was assumed into heaven and was crowned Queen of heaven.
To be the Mother of God, she was prepared by the Father. She was conceived Immaculately by her mother Anna. She was given prevenient grace. Even if Jesus was not born yet and had not died, Mary already benefited from Jesus would be death and resurrection. More importantly, because Jesus was God, the womb and the woman who would bear and give birth to him must be holy. God gave that grace to Mary.
We might not have that benefit in conception but we have received the grace in baptism. Baptism gave us new life in Christ. We were made immaculate after baptism. Our task is to remain holy. Even if we sin, God gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to regain our holiness. In all of these, we must make every effort to be holy. Mary did it. The apostles made it. Every Christian is destined for it.