December 6, 2020

Have you ever heard of original sin?  How about original grace?  Tomorrow we celebrate the original holiness into which humanity was created and which we are able to share, thanks to Mary’s cooperation with God.  We rejoice that Mary, daughter of Eve and our mother in grace, was entirely full of grace, being free from sin from the first moment of her conception in the womb of St. Anne.

Look at statues or pictures of Mary around Church or in your house.  One of the most popular depictions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, shows her standing on a snake.

You don’t have to be an expert on the gospels to know that there is no record of such an episode in Mary’s life.  Rather, the image depicts the fulfillment of a prophecy from the book of Genesis.

After Adam and Eve sinned, God punished them both, along with the serpent.  God predicted that Eve’s offspring would strike at the serpent’s head and the serpent would strike at the serpent’s heel.

Christians see in this passage a prediction of the birth of Jesus.  Mary is the new Eve and her son would crush the power of sin, temptation and death.  Whenever you see Mary standing on a snake, you know she is the mother of the One who put an end to death and revealed the resurrection.

Is there a snake tempting you?  Is there a sin that bothers you?  You can find in Mary and Jesus strength and power to resist temptation.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

Masses for the Holyday will be:

Monday, December 7th at 4:00pm and
Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30 and 9:00am, 12:00 noon and 7:00pm.

A reminder to all PSR parents that Monday evening from 6:30—7:30pm the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for you and your children.  Because of the pandemic, it has been quite a while since the children’s confessions were heard.  This is a good spiritual way for you and your children to prepare for Christmas.