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dc.contributor.authorChiacchere, Colleenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-07T21:10:55Z
dc.date.available2018-12-07T21:10:55Z
dc.date.issued2018-12-08en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 689en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/120540
dc.description.abstractAmong these long winter days and short days in the Northern Hemisphere and certainly here in Omaha, life can seem bleak and cold as we head into the depths of winter. And, in the midst of this dark stretch, the Church gives us the gift of moments of brightness, with numerous saints feast days and liturgical celebrations. Today is one of those special days. These 'lights' help point us to the light of Jesus' incarnation in just a few short weeks.|Today, December 8, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary is conceived without sin, nine month prior to her early September birth, to make her an appropriate dwelling place for when she's pregnant with her son, Jesus. She is like us in every way but sin – the daily actions and habits that block us from growing closer to God and being more human.|I have been learning a bit more about Mary these days as I learn more about Jesus and God through a class on the Spiritual Exercises in Creighton's Christian Spirituality Program these last several weeks. One of the more remarkable components is the setting to which she was born. She was among the lower rung of the peasant class trying to farm a small plot of land while also trying to navigate the demands of carpentry. It was a difficult existence to be poor under Roman dominion in the first century. And, being pregnant out of wedlock was a quite a marginalizing situation for her to be in, too. Plus, she gave birth in a foreign place and finally made it back at some point during Jesus' childhood. I think Mary sometimes gets a reputation for being a lovely innocent maiden (which she is!) who so easily just said yes to God request. Life had to be easy and simple for her, (right?), as the one chosen Jesus' mother. But, life was hard for her, I can imagine, and that makes her "yes" even more impressive and admirable. It certainly speaks to a disposition that resisted complaining about the difficulties of her life, especially as she said "yes" to something she likely didn't completely understand.|As a mom of two little ones, I've found myself in conversation with Mary about all the juggling that a working mom does. Certainly my life in 21st century United States entails different daily struggles than hers. But, the invitation to listen well to God's request and trust in his guidance for big and small events in our lives is the same for all of us.|I invite us today to pray with our Pope in the prayer below. Pope Francis' Prayer for the Immaculate Conception .en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/120527
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherImmaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday December 8, 2018: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day8en_US
dc.date.year2018en_US
dc.date.monthDecemberen_US
dc.program.unitMagis Teachers Corpen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorChiacchere, Colleenen_US
dc.date.daynameSaturdayen_US
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dc.date.weekWeek: 1en_US
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dc.relation.previoushttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/120539
dc.subject.local1Genesis 3:9-15, 20en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4en_US
dc.subject.local3Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:26-38en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US


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