08.12.2022 — Graced Vehicle

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Immaculate Conception, Thursday — 8th December 2022 — Gospel: Luke 1,26-38

Graced Vehicle

Today we celebrate that Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother Anne without the sin with which all other humans are conceived. This was the beginning of Mary’s grace, the gift of God’s life within her. This nature of her Immaculate conception was solemnly defined as a dogma by Pope Pius IX in his constitution Ineffabilis Deus on December 8, 1854. The Church believes that the dogma has foundation in Scripture and supported by the writings of the Church Fathers such as Irenaeus of Lyons and Ambrose of Milan.

Today’s Gospel leads to the woman, who was gifted with grace. God gives Mary an abundance of grace. The angel Gabriel confirms this by greeting her, “full of grace.” And she responds with her “fiat” – “let it be”. We reflect on how Mary responded to God’s grace, and how she was perfected by God’s grace. It is because she was ever conscious of God’s love for her and desired to do what God was asking of her. She freely chooses to accept God’s grace, God’s life incarnate within her womb. This was a huge request that God asked of her. She struggled with fully understanding God’s will, but always was willing to say “Fiat”. She was confident that God will see her through, if she listens and responds. Because of this, God allowed her to be the blessed vehicle to carry and bring forth the Son of God in His Humanity.

07.12.2022 — Burdenless Yoke

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Second Week of Advent, Wednesday – 7th December 2022 – Matthew 11,28-30

Burdenless Yoke

As one who is meek and humble of heart, Jesus personifies the first three beatitudes which address the ‘poor in spirit’, the ‘mourners’ and the ‘meek’ (5,3-5). And He offers one of the most appealing and memorable invitations of the gospel. This invitation is of two fold. First, “Come to me”. Being with Jesus and sharing his life is the way of fulfillment, for they are comforted. Next “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me”. Jesus plays with the two words ‘yoke’ and ‘load’. For the Jews used to call ‘load’ the divine teachings imparted to pupils, and ‘yoke’ the balancing of the teacher’s sentences, which should be learned by heart. Learning from Jesus’ teachings and following him is not burdensome (11,30). His way leads to rest, to his Father, and to the fullness of life.

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