August 15, 2019
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.
Sometimes I try to imagine my Christian faith without Mary, and I can't. She provides the answer to the question of how to respond to Jesus--which is the central question of the spiritual life. She teaches me how to welcome Jesus into my life, how to be taught by him, how to say yes, how to live in hope. And here, in the Magnificat, offered for meditation on the feast of the Assumption, the beginnings of Mary's earthly life with Jesus are linked to her earthly end.
All the good she's experienced? It's from God. He's done this for her, he's dwelt within her, he welcomes her home with him. In hope, I follow her, welcoming, listening and trusting--all the way home.
Hail Mary, full of grace....
- Amy Welborn
Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10|Psalm 45:10-12, 16|1 Corinthians 15:20-27|Luke 1:39-56