Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
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. LK 1:39-56
“The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.”508
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.
Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 966
Today we honor Mary in a special way. She rises body and soul into heaven as Jesus, her Son, did. Since Jesus conquered sin and death on the Cross, we too, can be holy, overcoming sin in our lives. In death, our bodies separate due to sin, but will be joined again at the Second Coming of Christ. Mary did not have sin, so she assumed into heaven body and soul to be with her Son, God the Father, who crowns her Queen of Heaven and Earth and all of the angels and saints. She sits at the right hand of Jesus as the Queen Mother. She is our mother and is often pictured in statues crushing the serpent’s head. She is the second Eve. Eve brought death, Mary brought life, her Son, Jesus, into the world who conquered sin and death. God chose Mary to bring His only Son into the world so we too must choose Mary to be our intercessor to help us grow closer to her Son, Jesus and reach heaven.
Today’s challenge: Thank Mary for always interceding for you in your prayers. Read a spiritual book about Mary (Hail, Holy Queen by Scott Hahn, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary by Brant Pitre) Consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley or St. Louis de Montfort-It is known as the quickest way to holiness, devote yourself to saying the rosary everyday until the next Assumption-reflect on how much closer you are to Christ
Be a servant, become a saint!