Conception, a natural consideration in a season awaiting a baby’s birth, is displaced by a warning from John the Baptist this Sunday. December 8th is a celebration of conception, Mary’s Immaculate Conception. This Sunday’s celebration of Mary’s Feast, however, is replaced by the second Sunday of Advent highlighting John. That needs to be reversed. It is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that needs to replace the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
Conception is holy, pure, and, as this Feast signifies, immaculate. Mary of Nazareth is believed to have been conceived immaculately, meaning it is believed she was conceived without sin. From her time in the womb Mary knew only communion with God. With entire respect to Mary, we are all conceived immaculately. We are all conceived without sin. We are all always in communion with God. True, some people are more in touch with that communion than others but it is circumstances of life not our nature that tears at that communion. Those who are not centered on Jesus, or Mary for that matter, mistakenly believe that humanity is conceived in sin rather than in God’s goodness. They errantly believe it is their own virtues of hard work and determination that result in God gifting them with their well-deserved wealthy status above the less virtuous poor. It may explain why some people in this season, or any season, would defund WIC and food stamps and head start so as to build more prisons instead. It would seem Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Paul Ryan and others have no conception of poor Jesus and Mary.
Truly preparing the way for Jesus or Mary or any other child of God would have disciples, year round, creating a gentle, loving, and peaceful world able to raise a gentle, loving, and peaceful child. Such a world is the best christening present any mother could ask for.
Prayer: Dear God, I join myself to others who are preparing the world for your way.
Question: How can I encourage homes, neighborhoods, cities, and society to support pregnant women and welcome little children?
December 8, 2013 – Gospel Mt 3:1-12 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (Feast of the Immaculate Conception)