Last night we celebrated the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. It is clearly impossible that this day is celebrating the conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Rather, this feast day celebrates the conception of Mary in her mother’s womb. Born free of original sin, Mary was preordained to be the mother of our Lord and Savior.
Stop and think about that for a moment. God loves us so much that He gave the world his only begotten Son to save us from our sins. But, He also gave us Mary, a woman unstained by original sin so that, from the moment of her conception, she was immaculate.
This day, in particular, we remember it is a salvation that began long before the first Gospel was written.
It began before the empty tomb. It began before Calvary. It started before the miracles and the teachings. It goes back before Christ walked on water or fed the multitude, before the stable in Bethlehem, and even before the visit from an angel in Nazareth.
It is a salvation that in a real and tangible way began with the event we commemorate here and now: the Immaculate Conception of Mary.