Our True and Ultimate Dwelling Place
Malvern Minute

 

August 15, 2017 – The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary is taken up to heaven; a chorus of angels exults. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (1:39-56)

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb
. And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

 

Reflect: Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (There is no better way to enter into the joy and mystery of this solemnity than to recall a reflection about the Assumption from Saint John Paul II – as appears in Magnificat, p. 198-199, Tuesday, August 15, 2017):

The Solemnity of the Assumption in body and soul of Mary into heaven at the heart of the summer season reminds us of what our true and ultimate dwelling place is: heaven. Blessed is she who believed in the fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord (Lk 1:45). These words well describe Mary, the Virgin of the Fiat, who with her total availability opened the doors to the Savior of the world. Great and heroic was the obedience of her faith; it was through this faith that Mary was perfectly united to Christ, in death and glory. Looking to her strengthens our faith in what we await, and at the same time, we understand better the meaning and value of our earthly pilgrimage.

O Mary, Mother of hope, strong with your help, we do not fear obstacles and difficulties; fatigue and sufferings do not discourage us, because you accompany us on the path of life, and from heaven you watch over your children, filling them with grace. To you we entrust the destiny of the peoples and the mission of the Church…

Dear brothers and sisters, however dark the shadows that sometimes gather on the horizon and however incomprehensible certain events may appear to be in human history, we must never lose trust and peace. Today’s feast invites us to entrust ourselves to Mary assumed into heaven who, like a shining star from heaven, directs our daily journey on earth.

Questions: How does Mary’s Assumption body and soul to heaven help me to anticipate my own call to be united with God forever in his Kingdom? In what way may Mary be inviting me to better prepared myself in this world for eternal life with her and all the saints in God’s Kingdom? How might I find strength in the journey through this world by entrusting myself to Mary’s protection?

Pray: Loving God, as I journey through this world help me to be attentive to the things of heaven so that I might share in the true and ultimate dwelling place to which Mary, my Mother, invites me.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Mary, Mother of hope: Pray for us!

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