8 December 2017 Homily Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Psalm 98
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Mary is not only surprised but afraid by the greeting:
“Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
Mary must have had her plan clearly and simply laid out for her. She most likely was “betrothed” by her and Joseph’s parents in an “arranged marriage.”
The appearance of the angel Gabriel and Gabriel’s message from God changes Mary’s plan.
Mary is invited to be a key person in the coming of Jesus, Son of the Most High.
Mary’s reaction is simple and faith filled.
“Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Mary then shows us three qualities of being a follower and proclaimer of Jesus.
Mary’s openness, faithfulness and service to the Father’s will are the marks of every disciple of Jesus.
We ask today for the the gift of being faithful servants of the Father.