Mary – a Gift of the Father

As we are in the midst of the Advent season, we are called by the Church and the Scriptures to grow in prayer and the Word of God in our faith. December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mary appears as a significant person in the Advent season. In the Sunday readings of the Advent season she appears in the 4th Sunday of Advent with the expectation of Jesus’ birth. She responds to the word of God from the angel as one who yields to the Lord’s purposes.
Mary is such a model of trust in the word of the Lord. She is truly a gift of the Father. Her “yes” to the Father’s plan brought forth the Savior of the world. His birth, sets us free from the slavery to sin. She yielded her life to the Lord’s purposes as expressed in the word of God revealed to her by the angel. The disposition of her heart was one of faith.

How do we walk in the path set forth by Mary? It is quite simple, but not easy. We trust the word of the Lord. This is revealed to us through the Sacred Scriptures. Daily prayer of the word of God with the Bible will form in us the disposition that was in Mary’s heart: a heart of trust and obedience and expectant faith.

Let us ask Our Lady to intercede for us in this Advent season that we will grow in the heart she had: a heart of obedience and trust.