Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means you, if you are a Catholic, MUST go to Mass. This obligation, unlike some other Holy Days of the year (yeah, Ascension-me cranky), is NOT transferred to the Sunday just past or this coming Sunday. Go TODAY!!!!
Can I rant for a moment? How is that the last Mass of the day before (Monday in this case) on every other day will still count as the daily Mass but right before a Holy Day of Obligation it is suddenly a Vigil Mass? I'm talking about instances where, say, the 5:15 Mass on most Mondays is always a Monday Mass of the day, but, now it's suddenly a Vigil for the Holy Day-attendance at which fulfills your obligation. Now, if the parish had added a later Mass-like 6 or 7 p.m. then I can get why that would be a Vigil...I don't know...sometimes I wonder at how being accomodating is supposed to help educate the faithful on the seriousness of the day.
Because I know I was confused for decades..the Immaculate Conception does NOT refer to the conception of Jesus. It refers to the conception of Mary. I know many think it is referring to Jesus because we are in Advent and Christmas is approaching. It makes perfect sense that Mary MUST have been immaculately conceived. Why would God want someone full of sin to be the Tabernacle of His Son? The more you meditate upon the sinless state of Mary and her role as literal host of the Lord for 9 months, many things about your own state of life and worthiness to receive Communion inside your body may fall into place. Trust me.