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Readings for December 8, 2010: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses on Wednesday will take place at 8 am and 7 pm.

Reading 1
Gn 3:9-15, 20

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

Reading 2
Eph 1:3-6, 11-12

Gospel
Lk 1:26-38

Reflection from Fr. Tom Hagendorf:
On this feast we as Church celebrate the dogma that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without sin (Original Sin) by virtue of the fact that God had chosen her to be His mother. Mary is seen as the new Eve and her son, Jesus, as the new Adam. On this feast we consider the contrast between the choices that Eve and Mary made, and the impact these choices have on our life. Eve and Mary were both created without original sin. Eve’s choice was to be like God, but Mary’s choice was to be the servant (handmaid) of God. As Mary is the new Eve, so Jesus was the new Adam. What our first parents, Adam and Eve, lost for us, Jesus regained. He stays in intimate contact with us through His presence in the Eucharist, and it is through Jesus that we have become the sons and daughters of the Father and heirs to the kingdom of God. With this in mind, let us approach the altar with humility and gratitude that we have been found worthy of so great a gift.

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