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Immaculate Conception

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You certainly know how many people (including many Catholics) think the name of this feast refers to Our Lady's virginity.  Attending the Mass today, I got to wonder who and why had chosen the Gospel reading:  it is about the Annunciation, and the key part of it is Mary's question about how She can conceive without the participation of a man, and the Messenger's reassurance. <!--break-->

In other words, the Gospel is not about the conception of Mary but about the conception of Jesus,  Perhaps the highly positioned churchmen who chose today's (Dec. 8) Gospel text were guided by the popular understandimg instead of by their theology?