I will be generous and joyful when I am asked to help out.
Luke 1: 39-56
In those days Mary set
out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of
Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary´s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among
women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my
Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for
joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by
the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for
he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will
call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is
for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has
scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their
thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away
empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he
made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever." And Mary remained with her about
three months and then returned to her home.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your wondrous, shining glory, although this
is hidden from my eyes. I hope in the peace and everlasting joy of the world to come, for this world
is a valley of tears. I love you, even though I am not always able to discern the love in your
intentions when you permit me to suffer. You are my God and my all.
Petition: Lord, help me to be humble!
1. All Generations
Will Call Me Blessed: When Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption, it was a cause of
great joy throughout the Catholic world. Believed for centuries, it entered the realm of official
Catholic dogma. Our Lady is brought to heaven to share in the glory and joy of her Son and our Lord.
We have always looked to Mary as our mother, and so the feast of the Assumption continues to fill us
with happiness. She is with Christ, and she is our mother more than ever. We entrust ourselves to
her in the same way that Pope John Paul the Great did, “Totus Tuus.”
2. Scattering the
Proud: Proud people are generally very focused on whatever serves their best interests. So
“scattering” is a very good verb to use to indicate what happens to the proud when God goes into
action. Mary rejoices in that “scattering,” but who are the proud? Maybe we don’t have to look any
further than ourselves. How much we fight with that root sin of pride! Mary is happy when pride gets
scattered and the perspective we have widens. Instead of just seeing things from our own myopic
point of view, this scattering opens up the “thoughts of our hearts” to see others and their needs.
Nothing is more Mary-like than that.
3. Lifting Up the Lowly: This feast of the
Assumption is proof that God literally lifts up the lowly. Like her Son and his Ascension, Mary is
lifted up by God into the realm of eternal life. Sometimes we cling to our pride out of a sort of
instinct of self-preservation—“If I don’t look out for number one, who will?” But Mary’s humility is
a lesson for us. Our true self fulfillment lies in becoming everyday more filled with God; We can
only do that if we are not filled with ourselves. Let’s ask Mary to help us to live more like her
and experience the true joy—the lifting up—that there is in humility.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, I thank you
for giving us such a wonderful mother. She helps me to stay on the path of fulfilling your will.
Help me to be able to sing a Magnificat in my own soul, “The Almighty has done great things for
Resolution: I will be generous and joyful when I am asked to help
out.The Holy Rosary