Audio Readings December 8, 2015

Today’s Reading December 8, 2015

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1-4

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12


Luke 1:26-38

He destined us for adoption. (Ephesians 1:5)

From Heidi to Oliver Twist, the stories of orphans who finally find a home hold a special place in our hearts. Why? Maybe because we all know what it’s like to feel alone, and we find in these stories of acceptance the hope that we too will find a place where we are welcomed and loved unconditionally. In other words, we all long to be adopted into eternal life!

But what if this yearning for adoption were met by someone with an even stronger yearning to adopt us? What if today’s passage is really telling us how deeply God longs to be our Father?

Think of how faithfully God reached out to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Think of how he rescued his people from slavery in Egypt. Think of all the times he saved his people from their enemies and restored them to himself. Think about how he sent his only Son among us, born of the sinless Virgin Mary, to save us and make us his sons and daughters.

Today, we celebrate the outpouring of grace at Mary’s conception, making her free from original sin and so able to bear the Son of God. It’s a beautiful memorial, but what does this mean for us? It means that we have a Father who wants to bring us into his home forever. For without Mary’s immaculate conception, there could be no incarnation. And without the incarnation, there would be no salvation. So now we have a spiritual home. We are loved and welcomed. We are no longer orphans but children of the Most High!

Today also begins the Holy Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis. How fitting that this year of grace should start on the day when we celebrate God’s mercy toward Mary—a mercy that opened the floodgates of grace for all of us!

So take a moment, and imagine that you are an orphan living on the streets. Out of nowhere, God appears and puts his arms around you. “You are my child,” he says, his eyes beaming with love. “I want you to come home and live with me.”

That’s what makes Mary such a special woman. That’s what makes this such a special day.

“Thank you, Lord, for adopting me!”~WAU

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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