DAILY BREAD

Thursday 8 December

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity
Gospel – Luke 1:26-38
“Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?” Mary had this crisis of understanding how the plan of God is going to work. Then she accepts the plan of God, “‘let what you have said be done to me.’”. “What you have said” or in other words, ‘whatever you have said’ be done to me. That is complete trust. And absolute courage to open oneself up to the plan of God. Mary is ready to welcome whatever plan God has into her life completely. Nothing hinders her opening to the plan of God. That is the grace of Immaculate Conception. Everything in her cooperates fully to the plan of God. Having the courage and docility to plan of God. Capacity to adhere totally to the will of God. The grace of overcome the crisis when you don’t know what the plan of God for you is. We can be in a crisis because we don’t understand what God wants from us. Or we can be in a crisis because what we want is not happening. The first is the fear to open ourselves towards the plan of God. We need the grace of God like Mary. The second is the fear to lose our comforts. That, we need the grace of God to overcome our selfishness. Let’s reflect: Advent is the time to have the courage to open ourselves to the plan of God by being docile to His grace.

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