This is the day to Say Yes!

   
Merry Christmas!! No, I am not liturgically confused, but I think most of the world is liturgically unaware of what is happening today. Today we celebrate something, I dare to say, bigger than Christmas. We celebrate Christmas as the coming of Christ into the world. Yet, we Catholics claim to believe that life begins at conception. If we really believe that then this day is HUGE.

Today we remember the conception of Jesus! This is the day that God became man. This is the day that the Son of God “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…” (Phil 2:6) This is the day that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). This is the day that Jesus Christ came into the world. This is the day that marks the beginning of our salvation.

This is the day that Mary said yes to God. She said yes for us, after we had been saying no to God for centuries. We honor Mary this day, but this day is about Jesus. It is the Annunciation of Our Lord. It is the Annunciation of our salvation. This is the day that the Jewish people longed for: the coming of the Messiah. This is the day that the face of Love was revealed, that our God came close, close enough to touch, taste, see, hear, and yes, even smell (I’m sure Jesus was the best smelling baby ever). This is the day that God Himself became man.

This is also the day that Jesus wants to be conceived in your heart. How does this happen? By following Mary’s example of saying yes. She didn’t do anything to be worthy of being the Mother of God. Her Immaculate Conception was the greatest act of mercy in history, a completely gratuitous gift of grace. All she did was say yes to the will of the Father and the Word became flesh. This is the day to say yes!

We read in scripture that “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19). Let us also follow her example in this and ponder these mysteries in our hearts, thanking God for sending His only Son to save us from our sins.

Go party like it’s Christmas!


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