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The Immaculate Conception therefore prepares Mary for incarnation of the God of Mercy in Jesus Christ. Born of the Blessed Virgin, Jesus assumes the living human face of God’s mercy. Thanks to Mary’s Immaculate Conception, the gate of the great river of God’s mercy is opened for us, welling up and overflowing unceasingly in Jesus Christ.
Like the parents of Mary and like Mary herself, let us open always the door of our heart to the will of God. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to remove the obstacles that close us up into ourselves so that He can strengthen us and transform us with power and His gifts.
The Year of Mercy invites us to re-open the insensitive door of our heart to the poor, suffering, the sick and the marginalized. Let us allow our soul to remain open to receive God’s mercy and forgiveness in the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. With Mary at our side, we can repeat with confidence and faith her own words to the angel Gabriel: “May it be done to me according to your word.”
Mama Mary, the Immaculate Conception, pray for us your children!
Fr. Joey D. Gonzaga