Posted by: livingscripture | December 8, 2018

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Most Holy

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 8, 2018

FIRST Saturday of ADVENT

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

 WORD of the DAY 

 I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

They will strike at your head,

while you strike at their heel.

   (Genesis 3: 15)

 

How shall I live this Word?

At the moment of the dramatic separation between God and humanity, a promise seeks to fill that distance and good news is launched by God to humanity as if it were a bridge, to be chosen and traveled in reverse in order to meet again.  It is an instrument for the desire of reconciliation to be expressed and organized. But the promise is bound to a woman, the only one who can crush the head of the snake and create this passage. It is as if saying what Eve surrendered, only a woman can rebuild. The promise will thus translate into the expectation of a liberating Messiah who will enter history through a woman. For hundreds of years the Jews imagined who and how the Messiah would be and which woman would be chosen as His mother. Generations of men and women waited and scrutinized among themselves as to who were the chosen ones. Thus faith was kept in the promise; the presence of God was sought.

Mary of Nazareth is the chosen one and having reached the fullness of time, she reveals herself as the one who will crush the head of the serpent. With her entire body, intelligence, feelings she represents all the people who waited for the Lord. In her, waiting becomes acceptance and the Messiah takes shape and is born. He will need her care and in her, reception will become protection, accompaniment, education. Mary will teach Jesus to think and speak, she will detach Him from her and introduce Him into the community.

 Lord, I thank Mary who chose to collaborate with You in the mystery of the Incarnation.  Her entire life was dedicated to You.  She urges us to love You and to say with her, “Be it done to me as You will”.

 The Voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church  CCC 410

 After the fall, humanity was not abandoned by God. On the contrary, God calls it, and mysteriously predicts that evil will be overcome and that humanity will be raised from the fall. This passage of Genesis has been called ‘Proto-Gospel’, since it is the first announcement of the Messiah Redeemer, of a struggle between the serpent and the Woman, and of the final victory of her descendant.

 

 

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