Today we honor Mary for having been free from any touch of evil from the first moment of her conception. As the Angel Gabriel said, she was completely full of graciousness.
The Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians is interesting in that Paul says God chose not only Mary but all of us before the foundation of the world. He chose Mary for the highest of purposes. He chose us to be fine people.
The feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception always gets me thinking of the very finest people I’ve known. There are two Korean priests visiting with me this week, and we have been reminiscing about good souls we knew fifty years ago. For me it brought back memories of a Korean nun, Sister Gratia, who in my eight years acquaintance with her was never anything but kind and giving with people. It had me thinking as well of a Father Malachy Hanratty from the North of Ireland. He’d always say, “I’ll go along with whatever you want.”
Instead of indulging in technical Theological speculation about what Mary’s soul untainted with sin might look like, we should just imagine her as being good through and through, and always full of love for us her children.