Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

December 9, 2013


Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 9. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary


by Msgr. Ray East 


Genesis 3:9-15, 20 | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 | Luke 1:26-38


God destined us for adoption (Ephesians 1:5).


Happy Feastday, United States of America! Today is our national holyday because our country is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Mary is chosen to be the "new Eve" and is conceived without original sin.


Contrast this possibility of a "Paradise regained" with the Genesis 3:9-15 tableau of Paradise Lost. If you can, go online and seeMichelangelo's "Creation" painted on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel. Envision Adam and Eve, naked except for fig leaves, being banished by angelic guards from Eden.


Dr. David Allen, a Christian psychotherapist, calls this the starting point of eveil and violence in our world....


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

P.S. To see more Advent reflections from Pax Christi USA, click here.