60 Second Reflections

December 9, 2019

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity

The observance of the Immaculate Conception, moved to today because December 8 is a Sunday this year, originated in the seventh century feast of the Conception of Mary by St. Anne. The liturgical celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary being preserved from all stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived in her mother’s womb highlights that she was chosen from the beginning to become the mother of the Son of the Most High. Luke recounts that Elizabeth was also chosen, chosen to be the mother of John the Baptist, who himself was chosen to go before the Lord to prepare his way. Indeed St. Paul declares that we are all chosen, we are all chosen in Jesus Christ to be holy and without blemish before our God. Adam and Eve are a stark reminder that as human beings we often make decisions that are not in harmony with the design of the Most High, that are not compatible with our chosen-ness, opting for acts of self-interest that ignore the tenets of our faith, pointing the finger at others for our own indiscretions. But Mary continues to be our model of how a disciple chosen in Jesus Christ chooses to live. She was troubled, she was confused, her life was taking a turn she did not foresee nor ask for, but she chose to go forward in harmony with the will of God, consenting to what lay ahead with integrity and courage. True, Mary was conceived without original sin, but we were all conceived in accord with the favor of God’s will in God’s love to be God’s daughters and sons. We too can open ourselves to the generative power of the Holy Spirit. We too can accept the consequences of our actions with humility and grace. The choice is ours. Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1,2-3ab, 3cd-4; Eph: 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1: 26-38

Please click here to see today’s readings from the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website.