Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Rev. 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab | Ps. 45: 10bc, 11-12ab, 16 | 1Cor. 15:20-27 | Lk. 1:39-56

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. As we do so, all the readings speak about Mary in some fashion. The Book of Revelations gives a picture of Mary defeating the evil spirit who wants to destroy Christ and all that Christ stands for. Luke tells the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary is carrying Christ; and, so the baby in Elizabeth’s womb is touched by Christ in Mary’s womb. Mary is so touched by God that she recites the Magnificat, a Song of Praise, which she probably learned from her Mother as a child. Mary gives praise to God and does so with humility. She does not try to take credit for any of the good deeds that take place.

Today is a day to spend with Mary. Consider all the ways that she listens to God, the manner in which she responds, and all her actions of love and concern for others. How might you be called to act in a similar fashion? Ask God for the grace and strength to do so.

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