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Monday, Second Week of Advent (Immaculate Conception)

December 9, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Solemnity!

Entrance Antiphon:
I rejoice heartily in the Lord,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for He has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bride adorned with her jewels.

Collect:
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
prepared a worthy dwelling for Your Son,
grant, we pray, that, as You preserved her from every stain
by virtue of the Death of Your Son, which You foresaw,
so, through her intercession,
we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to Your presence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 (God brings the first sin to light and promises redemption)
Psalm 98:1-4 “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous deeds”
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 (God chose us from the beginning to be holy)
+ Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)

We hide our nakedness
from God
(as if He could not see
that we have lost the righteousness
with which He clothed
Adam and Eve).

And while we flee in fear
He seeks us out.

Where are you?
~Genesis 3:9

He has big plans for us.

He chose us in Him,
before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before Him.
~Ephesians 1:4

He will succeed
if we respond
the way His mother does:

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word
~Luke 1:38

If we obey
her last recorded words:

Do whatever He tells you
~John 2:5

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us
that we might conquer sin!

What prevents me from surrendering to God’s desire to make me holy and without blemish?
What is God telling me to do?

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