Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Feast of the Assumption

Today's gospel moved me to tears... I do believe it is one of my favorites.

Lk 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.
We had a visiting priest from a Vietnamese parish. He had a wonderful homily and it would be impossible to repeat it in it's entirety but something he said is worth sharing. He said simply that Mary is OUR mother, the mother of all of us and that she will always protect us, in everything and every way. I know this is a simple thing that we already know. We know when Jesus was dying he gave her to all of us. So simple yet it is a clear picture of Our Blessed Mothers role is in all our lives.
It occurred to me at that instant that I am a mother and that I would do all within my power to protect my children... anything... we have this instinct like a mother bear to protect the children. And so it is with Our Blessed Mother she would do anything to protect us ... anything to bring us to heaven to be with her son. I hope I've done this justice... so hard to explain what I felt when I read it.
Blessed Mother Mary we love you, pray for us.

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