As we progress through this Advent season, today’s readings allow us the opportunity to reflect on two issues that are of importance in this season. The first is listening and the second is choice. In Genesis, we read about Adam and Eve and their inability to listen to God’s command regarding the eating of the forbidden fruit and the consequences associated with not doing so. In our second reading from Ephesians, Paul has listened to God and has become an authority to speak on his behalf; and as such, Paul asks us to listen to his words as he writes about God’s great love for us. In fact, God loves us so much that he adopts us through Jesus Christ. In our Gospel reading from Luke, we see that although Mary was initially alarmed and troubled by the appearance of Gabriel, she listened to and was open to his message from God as Gabriel announces Jesus’ upcoming birth.
Pope Francis on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
(Vatican Radio) The Immaculate Conception of Mary is “inscribed in God’s plan; it is the fruit of God’s love which saves the world.” These were Pope Francis’ comments during his weekly Angelus address for the second Sunday of Advent which coincides with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
On this Feast, the Holy Father said, our gaze turns to the “beauty of the Mother of Jesus, our Mother!” It is with great joy, he continued, that the Church contemplates the words of Saint Luke “full of grace” (Lk 1:28). Mary, moreover, guides us as we journey towards Christmas, teaching us “how to live this time of Advent waiting for the Lord.” Pope Francis went on to say that the Immaculate Conception was inscribed in God’s plan; it was the fruit of God’s love whereby the world was saved.
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