The Gospel is especially powerful in the passage where Mary herself heralds with joy the God of reversals, who exalts a lowly servant, whom all generations will now call blessed. She sings of God’s mercy to the weak, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. Mary’s assumption is her ultimate lifting up, as will be our resurrection. In Luke, Mary is the one who hears God’s word, acts upon it and brings forth Christ to the world. From her body is formed the incarnate Son of God, a symbol that the body of every Christian is the bearer of God’s presence. The themes for this feast are rich: a woman raised to the presence of God; a humble servant who is the agent of God’s reversals; a model for us in our journey from responding let it be done to ultimate transformation when the last enemy to be destroyed is death (1 Cor. 15:27).
• Reflect with Qoheleth on the “vanities” that can take over our lives.
• Ask Christ to help you find the true treasures of your heart.
• Read prayerfully Mary’s Magnificat, pausing with prayers of gratitude and petition to Mary.