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Today Dec 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception

Thought on Wednesday – December – 08/12/2021

‘Mary is not alive in statues and pictures but in the real and powerful change that can be brought in the world when God’s preferences and God’s choices are taken seriously.’ ~Denis McBride

Someone once said that whenever you point the finger of blame or the finger finding fault, that there are always three fingers pointing back at you. We are good at finding fault with others and often much slower in accepting our own. Today’s feast day of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th) is a recognition of Mary’s lack of flaws and weaknesses. In fact she had none.

It marks Mary out as someone special as the mother of Jesus but it doesn’t mark her out as removed or distant from us. Like us she experienced the fragility of life and experienced many unexpected and difficult moments in her life. But at all times she put her trust in God. This is the challenge for us. Where would the world be if everyone just thought of themselves independent of others and of God? Today’s feast day traditionally marks the countdown to Christmas but it’s also a day to ask Mary’s many blessings on each of us.