Mass Reading & Meditation for August 15, 2013
Meditation: Luke 1:39-56
The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
“All ages will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:48)
We often look at today’s feast as an opportunity to celebrate Mary and her inspiring faithfulness. We remember that event, years before she was taken body and soul into heaven, when she said “yes” to the angel’s invitation to become the mother of God. We celebrate that simple, humble yes, which God used to set events in motion that changed our relationship with him, our relationship with each other, and literally the whole of history.
But as we recall and celebrate Mary’s yes to God, let’s not forget that today’s feast is really about God’s yes to Mary. It’s really about the way God rewarded Mary for her surrender to him and his plan. It’s about the way he honored her for saying “yes” every day of her life—even when it meant letting a sword of sorrow and grief pierce her soul (Luke 2:35). It’s about God lifting Mary up at the end of her life and crowning her with his glory, all in response to her humble, loving faithfulness to him.
Today’s feast also tells us something about our own lives. It tells us that God rejoices every time we say “yes” to him. It tells us that he honors every single time we decide to follow him. It tells us that no act of faith, no act of trust, and no act of obedience escapes his notice. It tells us that where Mary has gone, we too can hope to follow—right up to heaven!
So rejoice today with the Virgin Mary! Your yeses may not change the course of human history (or maybe they will), but they all have a ripple effect on the world around you. Just as a mustard seed of faith can move mountains, even the smallest of yeses can change the way other people see God. Nothing is too small for him to use. All God wants is our agreement. He can work with anything, even the most begrudging of yeses, and transform it into something beautiful, radiant, and life-giving. It may seem like a ripple to you, but when you give it to the Lord, he turns it into a mighty wave of grace!
“Jesus, help me to say yes to you today. Do your will in me so that the world can know you more.”
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45:10-12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27