You are the immaculate conception!
Mary was about fourteen when the Grand Archangel Gabriel came to her, so young by our standards, but so mature by the standards of her day. Back then, girls were taught what it was to be a good wife and mother from the time they could walk, everyday, helping the mother with her chores, laundry, shopping, cooking, going to temple.
Mary must have been a very devout young woman who have heard the stories of the Angels of God, the seraphim’s, (burning ones), the angels that came to Abraham and Isaiah, so was she prepared when this bright shining being came to her to tell her she would bear a child for God? The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Mary was simply doing what she knew was needed of her. In her beautiful prayer, the Magnificat, Luke 1: 46-56, she says “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”
Mary knew the scriptures and the prophesies of the Christ. She understood what was being asked of her, and she did not turn away from God.
How many of us have heard the call from God in our hearts and have turned away? How often have we heard and wanted to do something but found some excuse as to why it was impossible?
How many of us are afraid to answer the call? We all have a gift or a talent that god gave us, and wants us to use for His Glory. Some of us are called to speak, like me, to proclaim God’s word, and to talk about the angels.
What is God asking of you? Think today about your gifts, and listen closely to your heart and the call of god , and maybe, just maybe, we can all say “Yes” to the calling.
Angel Blessings! ~Louie Otero