Immaculate Conception

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. – (Matthew 1:18)

While we try to describe how the Spirit of God works in our lives, a deep sense of mystery, wonder, and awe remains. How could God love us so much as to be present inside us through his Holy Spirit. This is an inexplicable miracle of God’s promise and grace. The Holy and eternal God comes to life in us through the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit produces great changes in us because of his presence. So as unbelievable as the conception of Jesus the Messiah in the womb of the virgin Mary may seem, those of us who are followers of Jesus already have experienced a small taste of what happens in Mary — Jesus came to life in her through the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit.

At the core of the gospel of Jesus is this truth: the Spirit of God brings life where there was none. This happened first in the womb of Mary. This happens later in the expectant hearts of those who believe that Mary’s boy was also God’s Son!

Prayer : Father, our hearts resonate with a truth that our minds can’t grasp: the virgin Mary carried the Son of God in her womb! Yet the miracle in Mary is a reminder that you have given us new birth into a living hope through the power of the blessed Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. All praise to you, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I praise you in Jesus’ name. Amen.