Gospel: Lk 1:39-56
Mary then set out for a town in the hill country of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary‘s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, “You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord‘s word would come true!“ And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever.“ Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
Because she remained sinless, death could not touch her body. At the moment of death, Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven. She is thus the first to participate in her Son’s bodily resurrection. The Father and Son through the Spirit share with her the resurrection promised to all who remain faithful to the end; that is, redemption of one’s entire personhood and eternal communion with God. Mary is thus the icon of our ultimate aspirations. In her glorious Assumption, we glimpse what God offers us also — preservation of our transformed body and soul and eternal life with God.
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