Feast of the Immaculate Conception

I read an article recently about a speaker who was giving a presentation on the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we know there are so many ways one could talk about Mary – as our model of discipleship, as mother, as queen; but the speaker’s focus and title of his presentation was, “Mary was not a size two.”

The point of the presentation was to get people thinking about who Mary was in history and who Mary is to us today.

The presenter’s thoughts centered on his understanding about our Blessed Mother. Her image cannot be captured in a single statue, a single icon, a single picture, or a single holy card.

Our images are formed as we read God’s word, connect to Mary through prayer and devotion, and reflect on our shared experiences with her as parents, spouses, children, friends, and faith-filled disciples.

Today’s feast invites to get to know Mary better… Today’s feast invites us to follow in Mary’s footsteps by paying attention to what is happening around us. Continue her work in the world as we keep our homes, teach our children, honor our parents, and love our spouses.

And we learn from Mary to keep faith when we don’t have all the answers and when we find it hard to understand what is being asked of us and what is taking place in our lives.