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AUGUST 15. Sun. The Assumption. Lk.1 39-56

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ And Mary said:


‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

and my spirit exults in God my saviour;

because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,

for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name,

and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm,

he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –

of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’


Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.


While the Assumption is the celebration of an honour bestowed on Mary, it is equally important to see it as a celebration for her children, of the gift they were given by Christ during his last moments on the Cross; - behold your Mother” being his chosen words!


Today’s Gospel also demonstrates the intimate relationship she has with the Trinity in that the words of the Magnificat are clearly divinely inspired as they mirror the teaching of the divine Son who was dwelling within her!


‘His mercy reaches from age to age!’ – ‘He has shown his power!’ – ‘He has routed the proud!’ – ‘He has pulled down princes!’ – ‘He has exalted the lowly!’ – ‘The hungry he has filled!’ – ‘The rich he has sent away empty!’ – ‘He has come to the help of Israel his servant!’


All of these teachings reveal the mind of the Trinity, and they were spoken nine months before the Son of God was born; - by his Mother! This truth was also confirmed by Elizabeth; - whose words were equally inspired;-


When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled!”


Today’s celebration is equally important, not only for our Mother; - but also for her children!


Gospel Acclamation


Alleluia, alleluia!

Mary is taken up to heaven,

and the angels of God shout for joy.

Alleluia!




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