EP: Psalms 110:1-5(6-7); Wisdom 9:1-12; John 1:9-14
This feast day always takes me unawares. Why that should be I don't know, as today we are nine months out from Christmas Day, so this is an appropriate place on the calendar to have this day to honor Mary. Perhaps it is because that only three months ago we celebrated Christmas. Perhaps it is because we are smack in the throes of Lent and we are given this feast to celebrate and honor the individual who sacrificed so much for my sake and for yours.
We had an interesting discussion at Adult Ed this past Sunday. We were discussing a portion of the Creed and one of the individuals participating talked about one of his stumbling blocks in the Creed being the phrase "Virgin Mary". We had a fascinating discussion, and just being able to talk about doubts and concerns and questions is a wonderful gift we can give ourselves and others, for by discussing these things we keep them alive. We also open ourselves to God when we are thinking about and discussing these kind of topics, similar to how Mary opened herself to God's will.
Today's feast allows us to think about this great deed Mary did for us, this young single girl agreeing to change her life's course....for our sake. This is actually a wonderful thing to contemplate during this season of Lent.
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