Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary(1)

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

Theme: A SON OF PROMISE….. “And coming to her, he said, ‘Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.’”

By: Fr. David COMPTE i Verdaguer
(Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain)


Homily for Wednesday December 8 2021

Today, the Gospel plays a chord made up of three notes. Three notes which, in our society, are not always that well-tuned: one note of doing, one of friendship and another one of coherence of life. Nowadays, we all have very busy lives, but, do we have a plan? Today, when we are navigating through a world of communications, are we capable of being alone in our own company for a while? Today, in the information era, are we letting it shape who we are?

Mary, a young woman “betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David” (Lk 1:28) has a plan, of human proportions, evidently. However, God comes into her life to bestow on her another project… of divine proportions. Today, He wants to come into our lives too, to give our everyday human tasks divine proportions.

“Do not be afraid, Mary” (Lk 1:30). Let’s not do things just any way! Lest the addiction of “doing things” hides a void. Marriage, a life of servitude, our profession, should not mean a leap in the dark. “Full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). A presence that accompanies and provides a meaning. Trust in God, which —indirectly— brings us to trust others. Friendship with God that renews our friendship with others, too.

Today, when we are confronted with so many stimuli, often opposed, it is necessary to give shape and unity to our life. Saint Louis Mary Grignion says “Mary is the living mold of God” and explains: “A sculptor can make a statue in two ways: The first way [the chisel] is long and involved and open to all sorts of accidents. It only needs a faulty stroke of the chisel or hammer to ruin the whole work. The second [a mold] is quick, easy, straightforward, almost effortless and inexpensive, but the mold must be perfect and true to life and the material must be easy to handle and offer no resistance.” Mary is the perfect mold. Do we turn to Her as being easy to handle material?

Fr. David COMPTE i Verdaguer
(Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain)

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