The risk that God took on Mary
December 8, 2017 Friday, 2nd Week of Advent
Conception of Mary
1st Reading: Gen 3:9-15, 202nd Reading: Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town ofGalilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who wasbetrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and thevirgin’s name was Mary.The angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord iswith you.” Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what thisgreeting could mean.But the angel said, “Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly onyou. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus.He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. TheLord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he willrule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have noend.”Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be if I am a virgin?” Andthe angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and thepower of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy childto be born shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth isexpecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have achild, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing isimpossible.”Then Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to meas you have said.”
And the angel left her.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
God sent an angel to propose to Mary a contract of partnership to effect the salvation of the world. Mary asked questions. Reluctance? No! It was her right to do so. Many fraudulent transactions prosper because of the negligence of the innocent party to do the needed scrutiny. In sales transactions, “Caveat emptor” (buyers beware) is one principle that can, in fact, lessen the liability of those who commit fraud.
It was Mary’s right to ask for clarifications considering the nature of the proposal. It was an ambitious one because it involved saving the whole world. I also defied logic. Conception in virginity was simply out of Mary’s world. Unfortunately, the angel’s explanation did not clear all clouds of doubt in her mind. The proposal was just too mysterious and difficult to understand. Faith came into the picture and Mary said “yes”. In doing so she gambled her sanity.
But was God who made the bigger gamble on Mary. Freeing her from all stains of original sin in the womb of her mother St. Anne in view of her role in the incarnation event was the bigger risk. Mary could have said “No”. She was worth all the risk, for she said “yes” and remained faithful to her fiat until the end. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M .
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