“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Luke 1:45

On the Feast of the Assumption, I can’t help but think about Mary’s courage in becoming the mother of God.  Did she know that God was asking her to play a unique role in human history—one with moments of joy but also pain and sorrow?  Did she ever consider saying “no” to the angel Gabriel?

So many times we find ourselves just as alone as Mary must have felt.  Her circumstance was certainly startling:  a betrothed young woman about to have a child that would become the Savior of the world.  The challenges in our own lives can fill us with doubts, too.  But Mary said, “Thy will be done.”  Her trust in God changed the world. 

Each time we trust in God, we have the potential to change the world, too—in expected and unexpected ways.  We know that God is always with us.  There is nothing to fear.

Just as Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul, we can have hope that God will raise us up through our daily challenges.  We have God’s promise that we are supported in our mission lives with the same hope that gave Mary her strength—and her reward.

Celebrating the feast of the Assumption is a celebration of hope… hope that we will also share in a physical resurrection one day… and that Mary is our intermediary before her Son until the day we are united with him and all the saints of heaven.

Friend, the prayer that Mary recites, praising God, is inspirational for me and I hope for you:  “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.”  Be comforted, be confident, that Mary is praying for you in the company of her Son.  That is the gift of today’s great feast day.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Reflection for 3rd Sunday

The Assumption of Mary

Rise up in splendor and glory

O most blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of our Savior and

Mother of the Church!

Living tabernacle of the Most High

and sanctuary of the Word Incarnate

Your flesh gave flesh to Jesus

as You gave Your Son to the world.

You Who now dwell in the fullness of grace

with the fullness of Your humanity

look upon our lowliness and need and

make our poverty known to Your Son.

Inspire us with Your strength and humility

to do whatever he tells us to turn our hearts

to God and our minds to truth and justice

on earth as they are in heaven.

O fairest daughter of Israel

teach us to walk in the ways of your Son

that we too might search and find him

among the wise and the righteous

and help us when our time comes

to stand at the foot of the Cross

in witness to God’s love for us

and thus make Your Yes to God our own.


Prayer by, Father Joseph Veneroso M.M.


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