Daily Gospel Reflection for August 15, 2019 - Solemnity of the Assumption

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Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:39-56 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I’ve long found it remarkable that on the day when we universally celebrate Mary’s sanctity and magnificence, her Assumption into heaven, the gospel passage we contemplate bears themes of her service to others, her great trust, and her profound humility to others.

The Church teaches that “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus 44). Today, we pause to remember Mary’s “Yes” as we anticipate, eyes turned heavenward, the hope that we will one day know our eternal reward.

For those of us whose mission territory is simple — our homes, our workplaces, and our communities — there is so much to be learned in these verses of Luke’s gospel. Mary, having learned of and consented to her unfathomable role as the mother of our savior, goes immediately to her kinswoman, Elizabeth, to help care for her in her own pregnancy. How many of us, when met with such life-changing information, would think to travel afar to see to the needs of someone else? Mary’s “Yes” to service of others is, for us, a testament to the fact that the small things we do each day to love those around us truly matter.

Mary’s trust in God’s plan for her life is evident when Elizabeth exclaims, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” So often, it is hard for us to understand the events of everyday life: the unexpected layoff, the prolonged illness, the natural and man-made disasters. Mary teaches us to trust with faith and with obedience.

The final portion of today’s gospel is Mary’s beautiful “canticle”, a song of delight and of praise for the Source of all goodness. When extolled by Elizabeth, Mary points toward God, placing the spotlight squarely on the One who has made all things possible. Her humility reminds us to take every opportunity to share our Creator’s magnificence.

Ponder:

How can I better serve, trust, and humbly proclaim God’s glory as Mary did? In what small ways will I live my “Yes” to God’s will for my life today?

Pray:

Blessed Virgin Mary, your “Yes” is a profound witness to the eternal beauty of service, trust and humility. Help me today to live these traits in an active way, that I might share your hope for an eternity in God’s loving arms.


Copyright 2019 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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