Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
When the angel came before Mary and asked her if she would be the mother to God’s only Son, she replied, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” In other words, what she said was, “I choose for His life.” She completely submitted her life to the divine Will and choose for the Incarnation. It wasn’t just choosing for an event, but choosing for a person. It was deeply personal and profoundly significant. Who knows what expectations and dreams Mary had for her life? In that moment, she gave them all up. Her life was now for her son, His son.
Driving in to work today, this was all I could think of. As I’ve mentioned before, I find myself in a situation of spiritual motherhood or spiritual adoption. To me, this is much more than just a commitment to pray for this individual. Earlier in the year, I felt as if I was being asked about the depth of my commitment. Was I willing to be like Mary and give all of myself to this?
I am, as they say, “all in.” I submit to God entirely in this. My struggles for holiness are no longer merely for my own sanctification, but because prayers of holy men and women are more efficacious (James 5:16, 1 Peter 3:12). So, I do good not for my sake but for his, and His. Even my prayer is no longer my own.
On this great feast of Our Lady, I pray for her assistance, that I can, in some small way, mirror her complete self-gift and devotion to the Will of the Lord. I continue to pray in affirmation, “I choose for his life.” May my life be a worthy sacrifice for his benefit according to His Will.