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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 8, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced the Birth of Jesus.

Mary's "yes" to the angel, spoken in eternity and not in simple linear time, worked through the sanctifying grace that was always with her to bring us that most wonderful of saviors -- the One Thing Necessary.

And so today we celebrate the one born truly without original sin who gave birth to the One born without Sin. Her simple "Be it done unto me according to thy will" resounds now for us in that we have a Savior to turn to, to worship, and to love. In this season as we await His Advent, it is good to remember that He was long promised, and were it not for the "yes" of a young girl in a rural town, we might still be waiting.

"O most Holy Virgin, who was pleasing to the Lord and became His mother, immaculate in body and spirit, in faith and in love, look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession. O most Holy Mother, who by your blessed Immaculate Conception, from the first moment of your conception didst crush the head of the enemy, receive our prayers." (from the Novena to the Immaculate Conception, Day 1)

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son,
You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession,
to come unto You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, world without end.

- JuandelaCruz |
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Monday, December 8, 2008
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary*

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