Audio Readings August 15, 2012 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10 Psalm 45:10-12, 16 1 Corinthians 15:20-27;Luke 1:39-56

The Assumption of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. (Luke 1:46)

Have you ever noticed how the world tries to convince us that noth­ing is ever good enough? If we’re unhappy at work, we should just leave and get another job. Even if we like our jobs, we should still be searching for better opportunities. If we’re having problems with our mar­riage, we should simply call it a loss and go look for another spouse—or a life partner.

The problem with this approach is that we will never find content­ment. What we’re really looking for is something that can’t be found on earth—perfection.

Mary certainly didn’t find per­fection. She had to endure her neighbors’ suspicions when her preg­nancy began to show, and again when she had to give birth to her child in a stable. She and Joseph cer­tainly weren’t the wealthiest couple in Nazareth, and life must have been a challenge after Joseph died.

Yet from her words, we can see that Mary was as grateful as any human being ever has been. That’s because her gratitude was for the awesome work that God would accomplish through her. By simply saying “yes” to God’s plan, she could participate in the salvation of the whole human race!

We can achieve much in this life, and of course, God wants us to aim high. But like Mary, we also have to recognize when God has given us something great, and thank him for it. As Paul said: “What do you pos­sess that you have not received?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). The most pre­cious of God’s gifts, and the one that is nothing but pure gift, is eternal life. At least once a day, we should stop and think about the fact that Jesus died for each of us so that we could live with him forever.

Today, try to make Mary’s words your own: “My spirit rejoices in God my savior.” If you are angry at some­one, or if you are unhappy with your situation, or if someone has hurt you recently, believe that Jesus is still with you, offering you divine wisdom— and even more importantly, offering you a place in his eternal kingdom. Ask him to give you his perspective on your situation—it is sure to be a hopeful one!

“Lord, I put aside my worries, and I rejoice in you! I praise you for all that you have done for me!”~WAU


About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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