15 August 2021

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The assigned readings are Revelation 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; and Luke 1:39-50. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 45 (Psalm 45: 11-12, 16). 

The Gospel reading is as follows: 

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.

Reflections on these readings:

Crossroads Initiative: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Paul Center: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, Rediscover the Church's Sweetness (12 AUG 21)

Word on Fire: God’s Warrior Queen (Cycle B * Ordinary Time * Week 20)

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