It is 9th December 2019. We celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The readings are from Genesis 3:9-15, 20; the second reading is from Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; and the Gospel from Luke 1:26-38. Our Beloved Mother remains as the model of holiness of life for us all because God did not allow sin to contaminate her. The Catechism teaches us in No.490: “To become the mother of the Saviour, Mary was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role. In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God’s grace.” The solemnity recalls the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother. The first reading presents us with the way sin entered the garden of Eden and the maiden parents. Because of their sin, they were expelled from the garden and distanced themselves from God. How and from whom does sin enter into our lives now. What was lost by them, the New Eve Mary and the New Adam Jesus restored to the full and reconciled us all to God. The responsorial Psalm intones, “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous deeds.” (Ps.98:1). St. Paul affirms that we are chosen according to the plan of God as God planned the immaculate conception. We need to fall in line with God’s plan so as to glorify God in Christ Jesus. When we constantly falling and living in sin, it is hard for us to respond to God. The Gospel recalls the Annunciation to Mary. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk.1:38). God waited for Her yes. She remains an exemplar for our faith as we prepare for the birth of Jesus. What are we going to do to remove sins in our life. May we renew ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord bless you and may you have day of celebration giving importance to purity of life.

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