It is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and another beautiful day to tell the world that I am a “mama’s boy”. I have a wonderful devotion to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and to St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. How the Virgin Mary could ever be a division between Christians is mind boggling to me. Everything Mary says and does points to Jesus. It is only Jesus that we adore and worship. He is God, Mary is not. She is honored only because of God.
Listen to some of the words of today’s Gospel from Luke 1:39-56. Mary travels to visit her cousin Elizabeth who is six months pregnant with John the Baptist and Elizabeth says to Mary … “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.”
Again, it is all about God, all about Jesus, all about the Holy Spirit that the words of Elizabeth would praise God and honor Mary. Now with the Holy Words of Scripture just spoken to Mary, one might think to feel pretty important. Here is how Mary responded in her Magnificat … “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.”
So from that day over 2000 years ago to this moment in time, all generations will call the Virgin Mary blessed. Why? One, because the Holy Spirit said so and two, because God chose her to be the Mother of God, the Mother of Jesus. If you continue reading her Magnificat, you will see that everything Mary says is about the greatness of God and as you just read, she considers herself a lowly servant. I have learned a lot about humility from the lives of Mary and Joseph. They intercede for us each day that we will draw closer in love and in relationship with Jesus. It is all about Jesus.