Homily — Immaculate Conception MMVI

Homily — Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2006

The Immaculate Conception by Velazquez http://cgfa.dotsrc.org/velazque/velazq35.jpg

Sing to the Lord a new song,
for He has done wondrous deeds.

The Psalmist invites us children of Eve to sing a new song to the Lord, a song that is far more beautiful, far more melodious, far more inspiring and life giving than the old song we learned from our first parents.

Sing to the Lord a new song. In the first reading, we hear Adam and Eve giving God a song and dance – the old song of sin and mistrust, of lies and disobedience of fear and death.

And the words of that old song go like this “I heard you calling me God in the garden, but I was afraid, because I was naked”

I was afraid to get close to you God, I was even afraid of getting close to myself, of seeing who I really am, so I hid myself. — So I tried to escape, tried to drown your voice out with the old song of sin and false gods. I hid myself, drowning my conscience with the songs of the world.

That’s the first verse. The second verse of the Old Song to the Lord is the woman who you put here with me — she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.

I’m not to blame for my actions God, its my neighbor that’s really to blame for my sins, my neighbor that’s the source of all my troubles. And if you God, didn’t put my neighbor there, everything would have been fine. So really, it’s all your fault God. I’m a good person, you and everyone else is the problem.

And then verse three: The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it. It’s all the devil’s fault, not mine. Yeah, so I did flirt with him when I should have ran away, so I let my ears be tickled by his lies and half truths, my eyes be dazzled by his vain riches, my body be seduced by his fleeting pleasures — but don’t blame me, I’m not a bad person, it’s all his doing.

And the refrain to this Old Song to the Lord is sung by the Serpent and His demon choir: Life stinks, and then your mine.

In the city of Man, the Old Song to the Lord has reigned at the #1 position on the Charts throughout the fallen world ever since it was first sung.

But in Heaven, the Old Song to the Lord cannot be heard. And whenever God hears it sung down here on someone’s lips, He changes the channel fast, so much can He not stand that Old Song Adam and Eve wrote for Him that day in the garden, because the same old song neither glorifies Him nor edifies us His beloved but wayward children.

And so God realized from the very beginning that a New Song was going to require new Song Leaders.

And today the overture of the new song is heard on the earth, in the womb of St. Anne — the Immaculate Conception, who is the Virgin Mary, the New Eve.

The fallen world can now begin learning to sing that New Song to the Lord, if we but learn to sing along with Mary and Jesus the New Adam.

And the new Song Mary and Jesus lead us in singing is one of Virtue and trust, truth and obedience, courage and life.

St. Paul, who learned to stop singing the old song and learn each day to sing this new song so well while he was on earth, sings it this way: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. . . . to be holy and without blemish before Him, to be full of love.

And unlike the refrain of the old song, which was sung by the demons, the new song’s refrain is sung by Archangels and Angels — Ave, gratia plena — Hail full of grace.

Soon to be followed after a few verses by Gloria in Excelsis Deo — Glory to God in the Highest.

The Virgin Mary is conceived gratia plena — full of grace, with full spiritual vocal chords intact at her conception. And no trace of that same old song is found in her heart or on her lips. And when at the Annunciation she begins verse one and sings “I am the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” The head of the serpent begins to be crushed.

My brothers and sisters in Christ! Mary the Immaculate Conception is our loving Heavenly Mother, and our leader in the new song to the Lord. It is only through the graces that flow through Mary, which come from the death and resurrection of her son Jesus, that we learn to sing that song of mercy, truth, love, and justice.

For just as Miriam in the Old Testament led the Israelites in song after they had crossed the Red Sea, so Miriam (Mary) of the New Testament now leads God’s People in song once they have passed through the waters of Baptism.

May that New Song to the Lord Mary and Her Son Jesus leads us in sound out across the world this Holy Day. May new voices join in, and old voices sing it ever more fervently, until we sing it eternally in the Kingdom with Jesus and our Immaculate Mother.

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