Exodus 25:10– “They shall make an Ark of acacia wood, a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high”. The Ark of the Old Covenant was made of the purest gold for God’s Word. Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant and is the purest vessel for the Word of God made flesh.
Many still struggle to concede to this very teaching of “Immaculate Conception” of Mary following Romans 3:23 which says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, and I John 1:8 which also add, “If any man says he has no sin he is a liar and the truth is not in him.” In light of these Scripture passages, anyone would believe Mary is spotted from the cause of her living, let alone of holding a belief that she was freed from natural sin (original sin). The biblical logic would list Jesus Christ and the good Angels in the company of sinners as well. No faithful Christian would dare hold on to that. It was rather used to make a whole on the cause of man after the fall, without any exception.
Mary who’s the spotless Ark of the Covenant In Luke 1:28 is revealed to be “full of grace”. Many insist the Angelic salutations to be little more than a common. To Mary, it wasn’t common. She was greatly troubled, and considered in her mind such sort of greeting. “Full of Grace” she is: for by that, the Spirit of the Lord would come upon her and the power of the Most High would overshadow her, for which reason the Holy One being born of her is the Son of God. The infusion of Mary’s soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God’s grace, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin. (Luther Sermon: “On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God,” 1527). It was fitting that the mother of him in whom the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily should herself be “Full of Grace.” CCC 722 has it that She was by sheer grace, conceived without sin.
In Luke 1:42, Mary is revealed to possess a “blameless and blessed state” parallel with Christ. The Angel of the Lord wouldn’t have used such expression of praise which is far beyond all creatures (including them the good Angels) if she had been blemish like all who have sinned. Mary is not infected by the venomous breath of the serpent. While she didn’t incur the stain of sin even while living, the Blessed Virgin Mary was also born without the sin of nature, “Original Sin” to note. Original sin is transmitted by physical generation, it unarguably follows that Jesus who was physically born by Mary would have been effected by the corruption of sin bodily from Mary if not exempted. Denying the Immaculate Conception of Mary is on the other hand, heretically consenting to the sinful nature of Christ. That’s a huge heresy. It is not to be believed that he, the Son of God, would be born of a Virgin, and take her flesh, were she in the slightest degree stained with original sin. No one therefore can say Christ is sinless, while disbelieving the Immaculate Conception of Mary… either he believes both or reject entirely to condemnation by his own will
Mary’s conception unlike Christ was caused by a man, though through Joachim but not from Joachim, but by the Almighty Father who have chosen her to birth His only Begotten Son not in spirit only but also in body. Being born by humans, Mary had incurred the debt of original sin since her parents (Joachim and Ann) were not exempted from original sin and would have passed it on to her but she was exempted rather; so that the Son of the Most High will become man by her, so that the course which was taken by disobedience in the beginning through the agency of the serpent might be also the very course by which it would be put down. God who formed the first Virgin without deformity, also made the second one without spot: but while the former was enticed to make impure, the serpent never had any access to this paradise.
She’s not stained, but immaculately spared by God from original sin so to bear His eternal Word in her womb. In 2 Sam. 6:7, God’s anger smote Uzzah for touching the Ark. The Ark is so holy and pure that when Uzzah touched it, the Lord slew him. This shows the immaculacy of the Ark.
Seeing Our Lord made incarnate from Mary (only) dismisses all doubts, and provides sufficient theological and logical backings. It’s comprehensible that Mary is the Mother of Christ, to argue otherwise would be then to hold that God would let the finger of Satan touch His Son made flesh.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and for ever” (Jude 24-25 ). This privilege granted to the Blessed Mary stands as a sign of hope for us… what she has received from the beginning is what we also hope to receive at the end (plentiful redemption). For Mary, the grace of redemption prevented her from falling, but for us: the grace of redemption raises us up after the fall.
By the virtue of the merits of her son Jesus, the Blessed Mary was freed from the natural cause of original sin. God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception keeping her. The proud spirit endeavored to infect the most pure soul of this Virgin with his venom, as he had already infected the whole human race. But praised and ever blessed be God, who, in his infinite goodness, pre-endowed her for this purpose with such great grace, that, remaining always free from any guilt of sin. Since the devil is the head of original sin, this head was that which Mary crushed: for sin never had any entry into the soul of this Blessed Virgin, which was consequently free from all stain.” So, while you believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus, fit in to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception which brought about the Virgin Birth of Christ. For this reasons the Church in her infallibility declared it a dogma.
By the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own: We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Hence, if anyone shall dare –which God forbid!– to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should are to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.” -Blessed Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 8 December 1854, Ex-cathedra.
Note: four years after the dogmatic definition (1858), the Blessed Virgin Mary herself appeared in Lourdes to St. Bernadette Soubirous with the extraordinary response, “I am the Immaculate Conception”, driving away doubt in the mind of many faithful, religious and ordained who have lingered in doubt.