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Homily 132 – Immaculate Conception of Mary

Prepared for a Mission

In today’s celebration we recognize the great gift that God gave to Mary in protecting her from all stain of original sin from the first moment of her conception in the womb of her mother Anne. In this singular privilege, we see that God had a mission in mind for Mary from before she even existed. Indeed, he had her in mind right from the beginning in Genesis when the first woman failed to say yes to God. Mary would be the new Eve that would say yes to God and her son would crush the head of the serpent.

God preserved Mary from original sin in order to prepare her to be the Mother of God. That was the mission for which she was created. We too have our mission. God also knew us before we were conceived. As was true for Mary, we’ve got to find our mission for which God has prepared us. We honor God today for the gift given to Mary. However, we also honor Mary for saying yes to this rather frightening and unknown plan of God. We pray that through her intercession, we too may always say yes to God’s plan for our life.

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