Greetings on this the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings: Gn 3:9-15, 20; PS 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38
The Pope Pius IX 1854 decree: https://www.papalencyclicals.net/pius09/p9ineff.htm
A nice write-up: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/immaculate-conception-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary
After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
In the sequence of the creation story, only Adam was given instructions on how to avoid eating the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was for Adam to do and who transmitted the regulation to Eve, or failed to do so properly. Nevertheless, he was standing right beside her (who was with her Gen 3:6) when the devil came to tempt.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
We too are chosen. We celebrate the singular gift of the immaculate conception of Mary for she had a mission. Much as we celebrate the special sanctified life of Moses, Elijah, and the Apostles. In her case, she is given a first fuit of the Redemptive Merit of Christ.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
Mary and Jesus reverse the error of Adam and Eve.
Jesus had superior support for Mary in the singular grace.
Mary has a superior exchange with an Angel (Gabriel) than Eve with the bad Angel (the Snake).
Eve and Mary Dialog
Peace be with you,