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Monday, December 09, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 12/9/2013


Immaculate Conception    
"The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His Name!"
(c)Mary TV 2013


J.M.J.
December 9, 2013
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Patronal Feast of the USA

Dear Family of Mary!

"Tomorrow will really be a blessed day for you, if every moment is consecrated to my Immaculate Heart. Abandon yourselves to me. Strive to make your joy grow; to live in the faith, to change your hearts."   (Wednesday, December 7, 1983   The vigil of the Immaculate Conception, To Jelena)

Thirty years ago, Our Lady gave this message to Jelena for the prayer group. She wanted them to experience the grace of her Immaculate Conception, through prayer and constant consecration to her Immaculate Heart. She wanted to extend to the prayer group the great joy of being immaculate, free of sin, or at least on the way to being free of sin!

There is no better feeling than the joy of leaving the confessional! Haven't we all experienced it? We approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the heaviness of guilt, the confusion of our own weakness, and the remorse for our sins. It is a great relief just to tell them out to the priest. But then to hear the incredible words of absolution and forgiveness sends us into ecstasy! And for a little while, we are immaculate too! Such peace, such rectitude, such joy!! This is the constant state of the Immaculate Virgin. She is free of sin, always has been, always will be! She knows the joy of complete rectitude with God and union with Him. She wants us to enjoy this union as well, and to do that we need to work at it, every moment consecrating ourselves to her.

Our Lady was conceived without sin, by the grace of God. She was preserved from original sin though the redemption of Jesus on the Cross. She was to be the new Eve. She was going to be the beginning of the remaking of all creation, by her sinless conception and her yes to becoming the mother of Jesus. Mary's conception was the moment when God began to put all things right, through Christ!  

Now I am no scientist, but I have been fascinated by the Big Bang Theory. It seems that right now science has settled on this theory as a workable model of how our universe began. Here is a simple explanation I found in National Geographic:

Before the big bang, scientists believe, the entire vastness of the observable universe, including all of its matter and radiation, was compressed into a hot, dense mass just a few millimeters across. This nearly incomprehensible state is theorized to have existed for just a fraction of the first second of time.

Big bang proponents suggest that some 10 billion to 20 billion years ago, a massive blast allowed all the universe's known matter and energy-even space and time themselves-to spring from some ancient and unknown type of energy.

The theory maintains that, in the instant-a trillion-trillionth of a second-after the big bang, the universe expanded with incomprehensible speed from its pebble-size origin to astronomical scope. Expansion has apparently continued, but much more slowly, over the ensuing billions of years.

Ok, the picture is that all the matter of the universe was condensed in a tiny spot (pebble-sized), a few millimeters across. From that little spot, everything we know now came to be. Well, it defies imagination!!

But I was thinking about Mary's conception. At that wonderful moment, she was contained, condensed so to speak, into a very tiny spot as well, she was a cell. But her conception was the beginning of a whole new universe as well, the world free of sin that God was planning to create through Jesus's act of Redemption and Mary's yes. She was a bit like the Big Bang in the spiritual world!! Mary's Immaculate Conception was God's Big Bang of Redemption!!!

I am sure you can find all kinds of holes in this analogy, but I like it because it highlights how incredible God is, beginning each of us at such a tiny level. Conception is a huge miracle. And the Immaculate Conception is a really huge miracle. Mary was the beginning of the new creation through Jesus Christ, the creation that will endure forever and ever with God in heaven!!! At Mary's Immaculate Conception, everything changed forever. This is God's doing, and that is why Mary can sing the Magnificat: "The Almighty has done great things for me and Holy is His name!!"

So today we celebrate a very little beginning that led to a very Big Bang!!!

Thank you, dearest Mother, for being our Mother and our guide. May we live today as you suggest for we want to be part of God's Big Bang: "[Today] will really be a blessed day for you, if every moment is consecrated to my Immaculate Heart. Abandon yourselves to me. Strive to make your joy grow; to live in the faith, to change your hearts."

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013  

 PS.  Tonight a new "Fruit of Medjugorje" episode will be aired at 8:00 pm.  Be there!!! 

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