Year A – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – December 9, 2013 – Gospel Reflection

Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; cf. Luke 1:28; Luke 1:26-38

God’s word gives us two vivid images of the relationship we can have with God.  A shadow has fallen over Eden with the disobedience of Adam and Eve, their no to God’s command.  After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit that the serpent promised would make them like God, knowing good and evil, all they discovered was that they were naked.  They had broken not their bond with God but with each other and with creation.  Notice how mutual blame and suspicion have entered the world.  Soon they will be barred from Paradise.

With Mary’s yes, a new day has dawned.  The communion with God that was lost has been reestablished.  Mary’s consenting word built a bridge over the divide when she answered the Angel Gabriel, “Be it done to me according to your word.”  Today’s feast celebrates the gift of intimacy that Mary shared with God since the moment of her conception.  It also signals to us that God wishes to bless us with every blessing in the heavens, for God has chosen us in Christ.

How can you respond to God’s invitation to deeper intimacy?

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