Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Malvern Minute

 

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 9, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – (Patronal Feast Day of the United Sates of America)

Genesis 3:9-15, 20

Psalm 98

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Luke 1:26-38

I love how Saint Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, attempts to articulate the mystery of God’s love for us:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before Him.” 

Today we celebrate the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception from the first moment of her existence Mary is sinless, the single member of our race conceived without original sin. 

How overwhelming for Mary.  Before the foundation of the world God chose Mary and gave her every spiritual blessing – and chose her to be mother of God’s only Son.  Mary, this young unknown and already betrothed peasant virgin.

But how overwhelming for Paul as well.  Before the foundation of the world God chose Paul and gave him every spiritual blessing – and chose him to be the apostle to the Gentiles.  Paul, this former Pharisee and intrepid persecutor and slaughterer of Jesus’ followers. 

And how overwhelming for us.  Before the foundation of the world God 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.  All of us, so ordinary, unworthy and flawed.

How then can we respond adequately to God’s choice of us?  From generation to generation we have looked to Mary as our model, “May it be done to me according to your Word.”  Fiat!     

Question of the Day: Will you pray daily to Mary, our Mother, for strength and guidance?

Prayer:  Dear Mary, our model, our mother our advocate, help us with our Fiat!  On your feast we beg for your intercession that your Son may be born anew in us this Advent.

Prosit 


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