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Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Tuesday, December 8th, is a day which Mother Church deems so important that it has the same weight of responsibility of Mass attendance that a Sunday does. Well, that is, it did until we were told that until further notice no one is physically obliged to attend any service [except me, of course].
Since it would have been a Holy Day of Obligation, it bears asking the question: what is this feast all about? So, let’s look deeper into it.
From the first moment of her existence Mary is sinless: the single member of our race conceived without Original Sin. Before the foundation of the world, God chose Mary and gave her every spiritual blessing and chose her to be the Mother of God’s Only Son. Mary, a young, unknown and already betrothed peasant virgin, chosen before time for this glorious and ‘salvific’ role.
Likewise, before the foundation of the world God also chose US and gave US every spiritual blessing and chose US to be God’s own dwelling place and the Body of Christ on earth; ourselves, so ordinary, so human. How can we respond adequately to God’s choice of us? By doing what Mary did – by saying…Yes! Yes – to what God asks of each of us. From generation to generation we have looked to Mary as our model as she herself prayed: “May it be done to me according to Your Word.”
Let us Pray: Mary, Model, Mother, Advocate, help us with our saying ‘yes’. On your feast we beg you for your intercession that your Son be born anew in us this Advent!
Our plan is to have a Video recorded mass on YouTube for this Wednesday’s Feast. Please check our website www.holyspirit-sr.org for the link.
May the Peace of Our Lord
And the Love of Our Lady
Be with you and all you love,
And all who need your love!