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...

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of MARY

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 8, 2017 SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY       WORD of the DAY  Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.   (Luke 1: 38) How shall I live this Word? Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the One who was to be the Mother of the Savior and thus could not, even for an instant, be prey to the sin that was at the origin of our first parents’ fall.  She must be pure and holy from the first instant of her coming into the world.   Mary lets herself become involved in the plan of God.  She considered herself the ‘servant’ of the Lord and fully accepts His will.  To God who asks for the cooperation of a human creature to fulfill His plan of salvation, Mary responds promptly and generously.  She will be the first one ‘saved’, so much so that not even original sin will touch her. Perfectly immaculate, she will be the first ‘flower’ that as a human creature, will be raised from earth to heaven.  She will be the...