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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The Gospel of Luke discloses the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in Mary's life. When Elizabeth and Mary greeted one another they were filled with the Holy Spirit and with a joyful anticipation of the fulfillment of God's promise to give a Savior. John the Baptist, even before the birth of the Messiah, pointed to his coming and leapt for joy in the womb of his mother as the Holy Spirit revealed to him the existence of the King to be born. The Holy Spirit is God's gift to us to enable us to know and experience the indwelling existence of God and the power of his kingdom. The Holy Spirit is the way in which God reigns within each of us. Mary acknowledged her mission with uncompromising faith and obedience. She acted with unwavering trust and faith because she believed that God would fulfill the word he had spoken. Her great hymn of praise echoes the song of Hannah and proclaims the favor of the Lord: God exalts the lowly and he fills the hungry. The Holy Spirit is ever ready to renew your faith and hope in God's promises and to make you strong in love for God and your neighbor. Do you live in the joy and assurance of God's indwelling presence with you through his Holy Spirit?
Word of the Day...
Romans 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord: and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, Almighty God, thank you so much for binding yourself to our world in Jesus and binding us close to you through his lordship in our life. We look forward to the day when the Lord we kneel to worship today will be recognized by all the living and the dead as the One True Lord. We commit to live this day to honor him, and we know dear Father, that by honoring him we honor you. We praise and thank you for the gift of Jesus' eternal and abiding lordship in the name of the Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 15, 2013)
Day: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 622
Colour: White
First Reading: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16
Second Reading: 1 Cor 15:20-27
Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 1:39-56
39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." 46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever." 53 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.


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