God chose us in Christ before the world began to be holy and blameless in His sight, to be full of love.
Thus, all of us were, like Mary, looked upon by God with mercy and chosen “in Christ before the world began to be holy and blameless,” to love without end and love without sin, but, unlike Mary, we fell.
Our first parents fell because they lacked sufficient trust in God to resist the temptations of the devil. Like our first parents, I often fall because I don’t have enough faith in God to fill my heart, as Mary was full of grace. I lack sufficient trust in God to resist temptations from the devil, the flesh and the world. My hope isn’t strong, and my charity is inconstant. I become lazy or despondent, and I want to give up.
Please note that our first parents fell, as I have so often fallen, by intellectual pride and disobedience, wanting to be like God and decide what is good and evil for themselves by themselves.
Thanks be to God and to Mary’s “Yes!” that Jesus Christ came to earth to redeem us from our sins. Through His Passion, death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ gives us sanctifying grace sufficient to resist serious sin if we only place God first, if we only turn to God in prayer and supplication, if we only harness our will to God’s will.
Let us pray for the grace to keep our hearts full of faith, hope and love.
Let us pray to Mary, conceived without sin, that she might intercede for us and, with and only with the grace of God, help us turn away from our sins, overcome our weaknesses and fears and turn toward the Word.
Like Mary, may we have the grace to pray every day in every situation: “I am the servant of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Your Word.”
We Pray in Jesus’ name.