Reflection: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

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[1st Reading – Ap.11:19,12:1-6,10; Ps.44; 2nd Reading – 1Cor.15:20-26; Gospel – Lk.1:39-56]


It all started with a greeting. Mary goes to Elizabeth and greets her. It appears to be a simple greeting, but when we consider that the child in Elizabeth’s womb leapt with joy and that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, Mary’s greeting is therefore more than just a simple greeting.

When a person is in the presence of the Lord, or better still, when that person has the presence of the Lord within him/her, then the Lord’s presence can be directly perceived through his/her actions: it was through Mary’s greeting that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit – the same

Holy Spirit received by Mary when she was told about her motherhood by an angel. How Mary received the Holy Spirit when she accepted to do God’s will; how Elizabeth received the Holy Spirit when she received Mary’s greeting and gave hospitality to Mary (who herself had the presence of our Lord Jesus within her); how Mary was told about Elizabeth’s pregnancy as an example and sign of the power of God; and how Elizabeth have the leaping of the baby in her womb as a sign of God’s presence in Mary – all these different events give us a glimpse of and lead us to a better understanding of how the Spirit of God works. Now, we are told that the first thing Elizabeth did was to give out a loud cry and started to praise Mary and the fruit of her womb, Jesus – a common reaction of those who let themselves be led and guided by the Spirit of God. They cannot keep it to themselves and they feel the urge to share it with others. For example; (a) Mary – when she decided to go to Elizabeth (b) Elizabeth – when she saw Mary and started to praise God (c) Mary – when she continued to praise God when she met Elizabeth (another person who was ready to do God’s will) in her Magnificat

This is just the beginning of the story of Mary and her experience as the handmaid of the Lord who puts herself totally in the hands of the Lord and let Him be her guide. For this reason the Church looks at Mary and sees in her that person who “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.For this same reason the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

We often talk about Mary as being a model for us all, being a Daughter of Man in all aspects. Having Mary as a model means that we too can aspire, like her, to belong to Jesus so that we will be brought to life in Him and in turn we can sing our praises to God the Father as Mary did in her Magnificat. How ready are we to respond to the Lord’s call like Mary?

“Lord, we look at Your Mother and we are filled with admiration and amazement at how she gave her word to the Father and kept it through all the circumstances she encountered in her life because she had the help of the Holy Spirit whom she received. Like Mary, we too gave You our word, but unlike Mary we often forget that we did so and we forget that we have the help of the Holy Spirit that we have received. Lord, help us to learn to let ourselves be guided by Your hands. Please, stay in us Lord, as You did in Mary. Thank you Lord!”


Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo )

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