On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception we are reminded of how the pure and ever Virgin Mary, the New Eve, through her humility cultivated by God in the singular grace of her conception — puts us back within the covenantal ‘garden’ relationship. Adam pointed the finger at Eve; Eve passed the buck to the serpent. And we their children have been passing the buck ever since.
It is God who takes the first step, more of a constant yearning for us to come back to him, it is He who gives us new fruit — the Immaculate Conception who will bring forth His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ and offer us Redemption.
Today in honor of Our Lady Immaculate make just this one adjustment to your day. Do not pass the buck. As soon as it is said, see how we begin to rationalize. It’s difficult to even think about accepting blame as a part of us always feels innocent and wronged. Accept the blame anyway. Point the finger at yourself today and with your heart of hearts say, Mea Culpa!
In this way you put on Christ and prepare your hollow for his advent.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.