Reading I: Revelation 11: 19, 12: 1-6, 10
Reading II: Corinthians 15: 20-26
Gospel: Luke 1: 39-56
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me--
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
As we celebrate the Solemnity of our Blessed Mother's Assumption let us try to think of all the things God has wrought in our lives.
Today's Gospel reading lets us experience and share with Mary's joy as she proclaims the wonderful things God has done in her life and that of Israel's.
Mgkikita natin sa pagbubunyi ni Maria ang walang hanggang pagmamahal ng Panginoon s kanyang bayang hinirang. Ang pagmamahal na ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit ipinadala Niya ang kanyang bugtong na Anak upang tubusin ang sansinukob mula sa kinasasadlakan nitong kasalanan.
Labis ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa tao. Bakit nga ba? Hindi ko rin alam ang dahilan nang labis niyang pagsinta sa atin. Ito ang hiwaga sa relasyon nang Diyos at tao. Tunay ngang napakamakapangyarihan ng magmamahal. Sapat na itong dahilan upang maranasan nang Anak ang mamatay upang matubos tayo.
Mga kapatid, sa bawat araw ay gunitain natin ang buhay na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Maykapal. Pasalamatan natin siya sa lahat nang ito at sambahin sa tuwina. Lagi nating pakatandaan na ang kanyang pagmamahal para sa atin ay walang hanggan.
Fray Aimark Asor, OSA