On this Second Sunday of Advent we celebrate the Great Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. The Collect for Sunday Mass, according to the 1960 Roman Calendar reads, “O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, didst prepare a worthy dwelling-place for Thy Son…” God the Father, prepares for His Son’s coming by creating Mary, creating her without even the stain of original sin. It is in Mary that the Messiah will be born.
It is in this season of Advent that we meditate on Christ’s first coming to Earth, coming to Earth through the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is God who when creating Mary, creates a creature perfect, full of His grace, creating a dwelling-place that is worthy to hold the Christ. Mary, as the perfect follower of Christ, should be our model daily, so that we too may create a dwelling-place in our lives worthy to hold the Christ.
Each of us is a dwelling-place for Christ. It is when we receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist that we ask Him to dwell with us, as He comes to us in His body, blood, soul, and divinity. It is our responsibility, our duty to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist worthily and reverently. As we continue to prepare ourselves this Advent for the coming of Christ at Christmas, may we recall this great feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, knowing that God created in her the best dwelling for Christ. And may we strive to follow Mary’s example, and create a worthy dwelling in ourselves for the Eucharistic Lord.
O Virgin Immaculate, Mother of God and my Mother, from thy sublime height turn upon thine eyes of pity. Filled with confidence in thy goodness and knowing full well thy power, I beseech Thee to extend to me thine assistance in the journey of life, which is so full of dangers for my soul. And in order that I may never be the slave of the devil through sin, but may ever live with my heart humble and pure, I entrust myself wholly to thee. I consecrate my heart to thee forever, my only desire being to love thy Divine Son, Jesus. Mary, none of thy devout servants has ever perished; may I too be saved. Amen.