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Immaculate Conception December 8

Today’ Mass Readings

Immaculate Conception December 8

In God’s world it isn’t the self-serving people God chooses but people who spend themselves doing good, though they seldom get credit for it.

Luke 1:26-38

“He has pulled down the princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.”

In Mary’s Immaculate Conception God turned the world upside down.

In God’s world it isn’t the self-serving people who hear God’s call
but people who spend themselves doing good,
though they seldom get credit for it.


It is the people who care for their elderly,
selfless mothers and fathers, faithful parishioners,
teachers who have endless patience with a difficult student,
and people who put in an honest day’s labor for their employer.

These people don’t make the headlines
in the newspapers but they do in heaven.

This all started at Mary’s Immaculate Conception
where God went to a simple woman named Anna
in a small village and freed her daughter, Mary, from sin
at the moment of conception
so this child could bear her Christ for our salvation.


This began a great revolution authored by God
where innocence overcomes sin
and mercy overcomes judgment.

We received that gift in baptism
where we put on the white garment
of God’s innocence in our hearts.

Through daily prayer, frequent confession
and receiving Jesus worthily in Holy Communion
God continues to purify us.


And this is how his plan in Jesus will be fulfilled –
through ordinary, good people like you and me
trying our best every day to bring the world back
to the innocent original Eden.

How important it is to stay close to Mother Mary.

She is the woman whom Genesis foretold
would crush the head of the serpent.


Every time we turn to her in a moment of weakness
she will be there, crushing the head of that serpent
who is attacking our innocence.

So we pray Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women
and blessed is the fruit of your Jesus.


Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners NOW
and at the hour of death. Amen.

In that moment of temptation
when we are about to step into the darkness
ask mother Mary to pray for us NOW
and once again crush the head of that serpent.


Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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