Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45:10-12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27;Luke 1:39-56
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From this day all generations will call me blessed. (Luke 1:48)
In Italy and in Italian-American communities throughout the United States, people will celebrate today’s feast with colorful processions and fireworks displays. In Sao Paulo and other parts of Latin America, decorative canoes will float on rivers through small villages to spread the good cheer. In fact, people everywhere will mark Mary’s assumption as the culmination of her faith-filled yes to the angel’s invitation to become the Mother of God!
As we celebrate Mary’s faithfulness today, let’s also think about our own yeses to the Lord, the small ones as well as the big ones.
What are some of the big yeses? Accepting the call to place Jesus at the center of our lives is probably the biggest one. So many issues want to occupy that prime location: our careers, our possessions, or our free time, perhaps. But God asks us to place Jesus there and to build our lives around him instead. When we are tempted to remove Jesus from the center, we can remember how Mary continued to say yes, even when Simeon prophesied that a sword would pierce her heart (Luke 2:35). Her decision to hold fast yielded great blessings for her—and for all of us as well.
What about the small areas? Well, they are just as important. For saying yes to the Lord in our day-to-day dealings will help us to stay faithful when the big challenges come along. Mary said yes every morning as she cared for her son. She said yes every time she heard of his miracles and when she heard of the controversies swirling around him. Every day, she chose to hold on to her commitment, and so can we. We can find strength in these daily challenges as we recall the heavenly glory that we can share with Mary as a result of our faithfulness.
So decide to say yes to God today. Yes, I will forgive when someone hurts me. Yes, I will hold my tongue when I’m tempted to gossip. Yes, I will repent for even the small transgressions that I fall into today. Yes, yes, yes! Each one of these yeses, no matter how small, can help you move forward. Nothing is too insignificant in God’s eyes!
“Lord, give me the grace to say yes to you in every moment.”~WAU