Most people think it’s the conception of Jesus but this is wrong. The Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary and is celebrated on the feast day of December 8th. The Virgin Mary was conceived without the stain of Original Sin so that she could be the perfect and pure place for Jesus to be conceived and protected for the pregnancy.
When a woman is conceived, all of her eggs are formed within her for her whole life. She never makes more eggs after birth, they only mature, usually one each month in anticipation of a pregnancy. Think about it, God wanted the perfect and pure place for the conception of His Son but the Virgin Mary’s eggs had to be perfect for the conception too. Since they were all formed at conception, then God had to intervene to prevent Her from having Original Sin and to form the perfect egg within Her for Jesus. So God’s plan for the birth of His Son was already in progress at the conception of Jesus’ Mother.
The Virgin Mary’s parents, St. Ann and St. Joachim, were barren and older. They were visited by an angel saying that they will conceive.
The Virgin Mary is HONORED, not worshipped, for being the Mother of God and we ask for Her intercession for our intentions. We ask Her to pray for us and our intentions to Her Son because Jesus wouldn’t say no to His mother because He loves Her. So as long as what we ask for is in alignment with God’s will, the Virgin Mary will intercede for us. Why don’t we just go directly to Jesus? Because you can’t have Jesus without Mary and you can’t have Mary without Jesus. They are forever connected. Jesus loved and honored His mother and so should we. Mary always points us to Her Son and teaches us about Him. What better way of learning about Jesus than through the eyes of His mother, who saw his childhood, miracles, suffering, passion, and resurrection. Jesus gave His mother to us all as Our Mother when He was on the cross. The Fourth Commandment tells us to Honor thy father and mother, this includes Jesus’ Mother.
So the next time someone refers to the Immaculate Conception as the conception of Jesus, you can tell them what it REALLY is, the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary to prepare for the coming of Jesus. For remember, without the Virgin Mary, we wouldn’t have Jesus.