8 December 2018. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reflection (Sem. Lester John D. Cabais)
One of the most challenging subjects I handled back when I was teaching in college was Tourism Law. This subject covers a wide range of cases that tackles basic constitutional rights, business laws and contracts to diplomatic and foreign policies of many countries, especially our own. I have always made sure my tourism students understood the very concept of it so that once immersed in the real world of career and business, they would be able to cope up with the requirements.
Two of the fundamental topics in this course is contracts and obligations. These entails two parties who agreed on mutual terms and conditions. Each of them will benefit from the other provided that they be guided with the agreed terms and conditions. Both of them must agree and if one of them breached the agreement, the other is entitled by the law to proceed with the legal procedures for the compensation for the damages. This is how our laws protect the juridical personality of an individual.
The Blessed Mother, in our gospel today can be said to have participated herself in a sublime “contract” wherein she was made the vessel of the Incarnate Word. The Word was made flesh because of her “yes” to participate in the grand plan of salvation. When she has been told by the angel that she will conceive the Son of the Most High, Mary in her fiat, embraced the plan that God has for her. She might have been uncertain of what was this “plan”, more so, she was not even given an assurance but her obedience and trust in God wiped her every fear and doubt.
Mary invites us to enter also in a “contract” with God wherein the only collateral that we will hold on to is trust. It’s hard to trust people nowadays because even the closest person that we have may bring us harm or may put us into jeopardy. But Mary sets an example of trusting the will of God in one’s life and in turn, she was recognized by God as the most blessed among all women. May we always find the desire to trust and be confident with God in all our endeavours in life. Let the example of Mary be our aspiration to desire the will of God in our chosen vocation and allow it to be done in our lives.
The Gospel Today
Luke 1: 26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.