Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

RV 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB, 1 COR 15:20-27, LK 1:39-56

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.” 

Today is the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  We believe that she, when her earthly life was over, was taken to heaven without corruption. 

Today’s gospel speaks of the great tenderness between Mary and Elizabeth, two women gifted with holy life.  Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting and knew the “mother of my Lord” had come to visit.  Their embrace is a wonderful sign of hope.  Elizabeth declared that Mary was blessed because she trusted that God’s word and promise were worth believing.  Mary showed her holiness through her great song of thanksgiving to God, a song that tells God’s love for humanity.  By Mary’s faith we are inspired to draw closer to Christ and embrace Christ in everyone we meet.

Fr. John Schmidt, CSsR
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