Tuesday 15 August 2017

About Today Readings

The Assumption.

Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1-6, 10. Psalm 44(45):10-12, 16. 1 Corinthians 15:20-26. Luke 1:39-56.

The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold — Psalm 44(45):10-12, 16.

‘The mighty one has done great things for me.’

On this feast of the Assumption, it is fitting to reflect on Mary’s attitude to life. Unmarried and pregnant, she was able to praise her God. ‘The Mighty One has done great things for me’ was her response to this particular crisis in her life. It was not, ‘This is too much—I can’t take any more’, or some such sentiment.

Of course, we don’t know if Mary had any initial fears of what lay ahead. Whatever emotions she may have felt, she was still able to maintain a positive outlook.

In our own lives, there are always circumstances when we feel justified in displaying bitterness, crankiness or other negative attitudes. If we reflect daily on our responses to events, then we can emulate Mary’s attitude. After all, we don’t have to do it alone—we have Mary walking with us!

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