His influence was easy to see, too. Cain killed Abel, Noah got drunk, Moses kept himself from the Promised Land because of his anger, David allowed one of his soldiers to die so he could have that man's wife, and the great king Solomon worshiped foreign gods. All big name men, all big falls.
And Satan smiled.
Until one day, over two thousand years ago, something new began. The end began. Amidst the darkness of Satan's kingdom, a single little light shined out. It wasn't a light any human could see, though. It was the light of a single little baby girl in the womb of Saint Anne. To this one, Satan could NOT say "mine". This one did NOT have Original Sin. She was not in his kingdom. She was in God's kingdom. Just as the fall and sin began with Eve, the victory over sin would begin with the new Eve: Mary.
Today is about that day; the day that the first human person was kept from the kingdom of darkness so that she could be the holy, clean, pure mother of the savior and Son of God: Jesus. Today is Mary's Immaculate Conception. Today is the day when the ending of sin would begin.
Last night before the vigil Mass of the Immaculate Conception I saw a bumper sticker. It seems really appropriate for what God said to Satan when He made Mary.
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