Monday 9 December 2019

About Today Readings

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Genesis 3:9-15, 20. Psalm 97(98):1-4. Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12. Luke 1:26-38.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done wonderful deeds – Psalm 97(98):1-4
‘Nothing will be impossible with God.’

The readings of today’s Feast of Mary Immaculate are rich in imagery and poetry. Who can resist the lovely passage from Luke, describing the visit by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, which we call the Annunciation? The great work of Redemption begins with her simple words of assent: ‘Be it done to me according to your Word.’ The readings contrast her choice with Eve’s choice to disregard God’s plan. They also make it clear that God holds both Eve and Adam equally accountable. But the Psalm, full of joy, reminds us that our wonderful, merciful God is always ahead of the mess that we humans create, wresting salvation out of our failures. How can this be, Mary wonders. And the Angel replies ‘Nothing will be impossible with God.’

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