When the days were completed for their purificationLuke 2:22
according to the law of Moses,
Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord.
Today I am reminded that Jesus Christ was a living, breathing person. Starting as a baby, later blossoming into our guide, prophet, model, and savior.
Perhaps that gives me hope for my own life, right? Because there sure are days when I feel hope is a far stretch.
What a great celebration we have today!
Brothers and sisters:Galatians 4:4
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
to ransom those under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
What kind of God comes is incarnated as the child of a human? Well, our God.
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Catholics tend to focus so much on Jesus and Mary that we forget the holiness of the family unit. But in fact, the family is the foundation of the Church and society at large.
It breaks my heart to see the diminishing of families through divorce and avoiding children. It feels like we’re destroying the purpose of being human.
So today we celebrate the Holy Family, and indeed, all families.
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I have no Hispanic background, so I wasn’t that aware of this amazing Feast we are blessed with today.
We’re commemorating the 1531 appearance of Our Lady to a peasant named Juan Diego in Mexico. Juan was sent to a place where roses were blooming – in the middle of winter – to gather them up and show them to his bishop.
Here is more of the amazing story.
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I never knew that much about Our Lady of Loreto, so it was fascinating to learn about this new celebration just recently announced by Pope Francis. Squeezed in between the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec 12), I’m getting the feeling that this first half of Advent is trying to remind us of the amazing role of Mary in our redemption.
It’s a pretty amazing story.
In the early church, people revered the house in which Mary was raised. It’s believed to be where she gave her fiat to Jesus’ conception, then lived with Joseph.
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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception seems to throw off a lot of people. We understand that Jesus was conceived in a totally special and unique way, yet this isn’t about Jesus.
It’s about Mary!
Created as the Ark of the New Covenant, Mary was given this special blessing from the moment of HER conception.
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Today we remember and celebrate the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. Such a powerful and hope-filled doctrine of our faith!
This is when Mary, body and soul, was conveyed into heaven at the conclusion of her earthly journey. Yet it’s never mentioned directly in the Bible.
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19 God’s temple in heaven was opened,Rev 11:19a; 12:1, 5, 10ab
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
5 She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed One.”
Some celebrate today the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you want to see a bit more about this, check out the Wikipedia article.
What I’m pondering is the purity of Our Lady’s devotion and dedication. I have plenty of things in my own life that I’ve stayed committed to for a long period of time, even decades.
But what about my purity of dedication? I’m not so sure.
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Today is a new year, and the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What a perfect way to start afresh!
This very phrase is something to ponder deeply. We don’t believe that Mary existed before God the Father and somehow gave birth to Him. That might be similar to Rhea being the mother of Zeus.
No, we believe that Jesus is God and is with God the Father. Which means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is mother of God as incarnated in our world.
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Our mother Mary was, herself, born without sin. That’s why this feast day is about Mary’s conception, not that of Jesus.
One explanation that I’ve heard of this is that the Ark of the Covenant must be unblemished. And since Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, Jesus, it is appropriate that she also be unblemished.
So it’s about faith, not scientific proof. And I’m quite fine with that.
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