August 15, 2013

The Gospel Today

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk. 1: 39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“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.”

And Mary said:

“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.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.

Reflection (Sem John Paul Adia):

As I am reflecting in the gospel, I was struck by the scenario that our Mother visits St. Elizabeth. For instance, I can say that there are many times that our Mother had visited me in my life. One was when I am struggling for my licensure examination. That time, it seemed like it was the most heart-pounding event in my life. But through this event, our Mother had taught me the strongest foundation of trust, and that was prayer. I am not a prayerful person, most especially when I already feel that I am loaded with activities and requirements. I see prayer as a hindrance to finish my loads. However, things had changed when I started my devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. My mother is the one who brought to me to her prayer routines. That Wednesday, as I was involving myself to the community prayer, I was struck on how our Mother had talked to my heart. She is truly the mediatrix of all graces. I realized that when I have a strong prayer life specifically when I was young, problem seemed to be lighter. That was because my entrusting to God’s providence was stronger. It was like an instance that she was telling me to return to prayer. Her motherly care was always present. That time I asked myself, “Why am I afraid of prayer?” God is with me and now, even our Mother had offered herself to make me come closer to God. It is also written that our Mother remained with St. Elizabeth. As my reflection, it is like a part of preparation for the birth of my new self. She remains and keeps guiding whenever I need her. She is the model of true submission to God’s will. I am hoping that with Her intercession, I can also humbly follow what really God wants me to be as I am in the process of my priestly formation.

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