Resources - Assumption of the Virgin Mary
OF THE VIRGIN MARY - Lk 1:39-56 - The Visitation and the Magnificat
is a day of great celebration in the Church, a day when we acknowledge and celebrate
the faith, contribution, strength and determination of Mary, a fourteen year old
Jewish girl, who said "yes!" to God and became the mother of Jesus.
Too frequently, Mary is presented as some meek and mild compliant woman and this
is so far from the truth. Only strong language should be used to recognise the
resilient, noble person Mary was when she put her free will aside to accept God's
will and vision for her future.
what might seem a simple "yes", Mary became Theotokos, the Bearer of
God. It was Mary's body given up for humanity by agreeing to the Incarnation of
God as Jesus, the child who grew in her womb. Mary was a girl of immense faith
who went on to be the most significant woman in the Church, hence the ancient
tradition concerning her Assumption into heaven.
brings two pregnant women together, Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, so that both
may praise God who is clearly so active in their lives. Just as Elizabeth, filled
with the Holy Spirit is empowered to recognise Mary as "the mother of my
Lord," there is recognition from the babies in utero, as John leaps in his
mother's womb. All this joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the appropriate
response to God's fulfilment of promise in Jesus.
is called 'blessed" because she is the model believer and is praised for
her trust in the fidelity of God. Mary's delight is evident as she is praising
and worshiping God who supports the poor and lowly and proves that nothing is
impossible for God.
of us can be encouraged by the strength and determination of this young woman.
We too take on what can seem to be 'the impossible.' As we struggle, we know that
our perseverance is a gift from God, the God of the impossible who makes all things
new and possible. We too are called to be people of faith who regularly seek to
praise and thank God for the 'miracles' in our lives. Mary has shown us that it
is possible to live lives that are open to God's will. Sometimes (maybe frequently)
we struggle to stay in control of what is happening in our lives, and it is worth
remembering the saying "let go and let God," so that we remain open,
like Mary, to the will of God.
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