The first 46 books of the Bible anticipate the coming of the Messiah, the anointed one, who would save his people. There were over 200 prophecies that describe who the Messiah is and how he will enter the world. Jesus fulfilled all of them. He is the Messiah, the Christ.
On December 8th, we take a few steps back from the birth of Jesus and reflect upon the conception of Mary, who would become the Mother of Jesus. With the prophesies, the Scriptures carefully and thoughtfully outline the way of the Messiah, but the Scriptures don’t stop there. The preparation goes back further than the prophesy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. In fact, the Lord prepares the way already at the birth of Mary by keeping her free from original sin at her conception. Mary, certainly with the grace of God, retained her innocence and original holiness her entire life. She was met by the Angel Gabriel and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and Jesus was conceived in her womb. Jesus took on Mary’s flesh and really was her child, he didn’t just rent her womb, use her, and move on. Further, when Jesus took on human flesh, he really did become one of us, it wasn’t just a disguise or trick. For human flesh to be so united to divinity in the one person of Jesus it is necessary that the flesh be untainted and free of the poison of sin. If not, the tainted humanity would be destroyed by the perfect divinity.
For a prayerful reflection and preparation for the Immaculate Conception of Mary, click on the link below.