Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8


Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4;
Eph 1: 3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38


Our dear Pope Francis said it so well. He said that we tend to only say a“half Yes” to God’s call to become God’s disciples. “Sure, God, maybe tomorrow.” Or, “Not today, God, but tomorrow I’ll get right on it.” Mary’s “Yes” was a great “Yes.” It was complete, unconditional, without reservation. “Be it done unto me according to Thy word.” Let’s stop pretending we don’t get what God wants from us. God wants us to do God’s will. God wants us to accept God’s grace and become a gift for others. Let us say a whole “Yes” and go against the tide. Let’s give ourselves in listening, in being silent, and leaving space for the beauty of God to manifest itself in us. Then we’ll become instruments of welcome, reconciliation, and forgiveness.


Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Personal Challenge

By your grace, O God, let me become a gift for others.

Diane Dean
Denver, CO

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