SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
1st Reading: Gen 3:9-15, 20
Was Mary afraid? The answer is yes like anyone who hears a different call and a new disruptive plan in one‘s life. Her initial fear gave way to trust in God‘s initiative of being a partner of a new humanity. Mary models to us a faith that is rooted in trust and confidence in a new covenant with God. The question is whether like her, we move with faith or are paralyzed by fear. When fear lives in us, as opposed to being a momentary reaction to something new, we are paralyzed by it and end up doing nothing.