Nowadays some people still feel intimidated by the use of smartphones, tablets and even fax machines. When it comes to computers and like items there is but one principle to remember: “What goes in, comes out.”
This can be said about life itself: whatever we let into life, we’ll get out of life. Thus, if we feel our life with prayer, God’s grace, read scripture, read about the lives of the saints and solid moral material, then chances are in favor that we’ll lead holy lives.
This weekend we celebrate not only the Second Sunday of Advent but also the feast of the Immaculate Conception. When we look upon the life of Mary we find a life that is uncluttered. Mary nurtured her life with prayer, scripture and striving to do the will of God. She was able to resist the pull of so many worldly things because she was able to feel God’s love for her.
Theologians speak of the receptivity on Mary’s art to be open to God’s grace acting in and on her life. She let God’s grace into her life, and allowed God’s grace to come forth from her.
In St. John’s Gospel we are told “God is love.” Mary by being open to God is open to love itself, and in doing this Mary discovers the fullness of life.
As we continue preparing for Christ’s coming, let us use Mary as a model to imitate and remember, “All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed.”
Monsignor William McCumber