The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20
9 The Lord God called to the man and said, “Where are you?”
10 The man said, “I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid.”
11 The Lord God said to the man, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from that special tree? I told you not to eat from that tree!”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me gave me fruit from that tree. So I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?” She said, “The snake tricked me, so I ate the fruit.”
14 So the Lord God said to the snake, “You did this very bad thing, so bad things will happen to you. It will be worse for you than for any other animal. You must crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will make you and the woman enemies to each other. Your children and her children will be enemies. You will bite her child’s foot, but he will crush your head.”
20 Adam named his wife Eve. He gave her this name because Eve would be the mother of everyone who ever lived.
Psalm: Psalm 98:1-4
A song of praise.
1 Sing a new song to the Lord, because he has done amazing things! His powerful and holy right arm has brought him another victory.
2 The Lord showed the nations his power to save. He showed them his goodness.
3 He has kept his promise of love and loyalty to the people of Israel. People everywhere have seen our God’s power to save.
4 Everyone on earth, shout with joy to the Lord. Start singing happy songs of praise!
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has given us every spiritual blessing in heaven.
4 In Christ, he chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be his holy people—people who could stand before him without any fault.
5 And before the world was made, God decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased him to do it.
6 And this brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely. He gave us that grace in Christ, the one he loves.
11 In Christ we were chosen to be God’s people. God had already planned for us to be his people, because that is what he wanted. And he is the one who makes everything agree with what he decides and wants.
12 We Jews were the first to hope in Christ. And we were chosen so that we would bring praise to God in all his glory.
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
The Virgin Mary
26‑27 During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary.
28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”
29 But Mary was very confused about what the angel said. She wondered, “What does this mean?”
30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because God is very pleased with you.
31 Listen! You will become pregnant and have a baby boy. You will name him Jesus.
32 He will be great. People will call him the Son of the Most High God, and the Lord God will make him king like his ancestor David.
33 He will rule over the people of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I am still a virgin.”
35 The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High God will cover you. The baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God.
36 And here’s something else: Your relative Elizabeth is pregnant. She is very old, but she is going to have a son. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant now for six months.
37 God can do anything!”
38 Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord God. Let this thing you have said happen to me!” Then the angel went away.