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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 2023

I recently read this story about a young boy named Lucas and his mother Sophia. Lucas began expressing his creativity at a very young age, not on paper, but on the walls of his home. 

Instead of discouraging him, Sophia saw the potential in Lucas's scribbles. She nurtured his talent, providing him with the tools and the freedom to explore his artistic abilities. 

Today, Lucas is known as a young, talented artist, his journey beginning from those humble scribbles on the walls.

This story of Lucas and Sophia beautifully parallels the essence of today's feast, the Immaculate Conception. We celebrate Mary, full of grace, chosen by God for an extraordinary mission. 

In today's Gospel, we hear of young Mary encountering the angel Gabriel and responding with faith and humility, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." 

Just as Sophia recognized and nurtured the potential in Lucas’s simple scribbles, God chose Mary, a humble maiden, to play a pivotal role in the salvation story. 

Mary's 'yes' to God’s plan, in the face of the unknown, was the start of our salvation, just as Lucas's early scribbles were the start of his journey as an artist.

The Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s unique role, prepared by God from her conception. 

It reminds us that God often chooses the ordinary, transforming it into the extraordinary. Our seemingly insignificant actions can become part of God's magnificent design.

In our lives, we might feel like our efforts are as trivial as scribbling on a wall. Yet, like Lucas, who developed into a talented artist, and more profoundly, like Mary, our simple acts can lead to greater outcomes than we can foresee. 

This feast encourages us to embrace our part in God’s plan, trusting that He can turn our 'scribbles' into a masterpiece of grace.

As we honor the Immaculate Conception, let us pray for the wisdom to recognize and foster the potential within ourselves and others. 

May we, inspired by Mary and Sophia, respond to God with faith and openness, becoming active participants in His work of love and salvation.

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