Weekend of August 14-15, 2010 - The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10                     1 Corinthians 15:20-27                              Luke 1:39-56


The first reading describes the struggle between God and evil, using the image of a woman giving birth to the Anointed One.  The second reading speaks of Christ raising up his own at the end of time.  The Gospel tells of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, recalling Mary’s openness and courage in doing God’s will


This weekend we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The solemnities and feasts of Mary honor her while pointing us to the saving grace of Jesus: the creative power of the Father; and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Indeed, Mary’s Assumption reminds us that we, too, can one day dwell in that divine communion of love.