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December 8, 2021

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, December 08, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we offer you Lynne Brennan’s final reflection. We thank
 Lynne for her rich contributions and wish her every future blessing!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120821.cfm 

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Responsorial:  Psalm 98:1,2-3ab, 3cd-4
Second Reading:  Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Gospel:  Luke 1:26-38

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
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.” (Ephesians 1:11-12)

God’s Will.  These are profound and deep words, and if you are anything like me, I suspect you, as well as I, have spent much time pondering what God’s Will is for our lives.

Step back in time with me today, on this feast day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This is a time where I think the “story” in the Gospel reflects much reality for us as well. Like Mary seeing the angel was fearful at first, I also would have been fearful. Hearing the angel put Mary’s spirit to rest and assured her he was bearing “good news.” The angel calmed Mary so she could open herself and receive God’s message. We, too, can be calmed when we trust first in the Lord.

Many experiences in my own life have begun in a similar way. What others often respond to with joy, start for me with curiosity, concern, and the feeling of wanting to know more before responding. Just as Mary pondered the opportunity to carry God’s son, so I too pondered the reality of being pregnant and becoming a parent. Yet, what did I have to worry about? I was in my mid-twenties, married for several years, associated with a faith-filled, loving parish community, and had ready access to great medical care.  Mary’s “yes” to the miracle of life, had none of my safeguards. It was all risk and faith for her.

With each major decision or crossroad in my life, I would love to say that I embraced God and said, “I trust you and will follow your nudging,” but I would be lying.  He has a plan for me. He has a plan for each of us. He gives us free will and the opportunity to soak up the grace He so generously bestows. It remains to us to accept His generosity and love.  It remains for me to continue to trust Him first and then ask my clarifying questions second.

I am once again at a new chapter in my life. My prayer is that I remain centered and focused on the path that God is revealing to me each day. I am working hard not to wait until I have all my human answers before stepping out in faith and watching for God’s signs of affirmation and encouragement on the path He is leading me.  I have enough history and miles on my “wheels” to know that He ALWAYS cares for me and those I love. Not always in the ways I plan or perceive would be best, but always in God’s best ways.

May you and I have the strength and faith to always respond to God as Mary did in this Gospel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

In Heartfelt Joy,
Lynne Brennan

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