Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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.

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Mike Burke; Monday, August 15, 2016
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

3 thoughts on “Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  1. The True Light! says:

    Oh my friend, I wish I could share your thoughts on this one. Mary found favor in the eyes of God. She was chosen to give birth to Jesus. She loved and praised Him and supported Him in every way. The only thing is that she is not worthy, in my opinion and study, of worship or prayer. Only God in His panoply are worthy of those things.

    Mary was a wonderful and faithful lady, but she is not Divinity…


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    1. Steve, I agree with you. She is not divinity. But I will continue to love her and ask her to pray for me and hope, as you say, the favor she found in the eyes of God will help me with more Grace to follow Jesus. Have a blessed day!

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      1. The True Light! says:

        Your answer is kind and gracious, Mike. Pray to the Lord for your soul and to live in God’s rich grace. We can find favor in the eyes of God just as Mary did by our righteous living!

        Be blessed in the Lord, Mike!


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