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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 8 A..D. 2009

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:

Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, that is, that from the moment she came into physical being, she was free from original sin and its mutating effects.

Can you imagine such a state, not only free from sin as we sometimes can be through the power of the Sacraments, but free from the effects of sin, even forgiven sin?

Mary never sinned or did anything that damaged her relationship with God or with others, never!

We on the other hand, even with proper remorse and a firm resolve to amend our ways, may never be able to repair the devastating effect of our sinfulness. Sin isn't just a private matter but impacts on others and diminishes the goodness we had the opportunity to share.

Mary on the other hand, was full of grace, without sin - - and its consequences! That is why I love this day and long for heaven where God's plan for us, what He longed for, is accomplished.

"May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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