August 15
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, the First Disciple

Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab / 1 Cor 15:20-27 / Lk 1:39-56

Today’s gospel from Luke depicts Mary as the very first Missionary Disciple! She traveled to her cousin’s house “in haste” and literally takes Jesus to Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s response is one of pure joy, and Mary is overcome by her own humility. She understands the greatness of the task set before her.   She understands that her blessedness is not for her own glory, but for that of God the Father.   How does this compare to our own discipleship? Let us look to our Blessed Mother as the perfect example! Do we carry Jesus to others with the same eagerness? Do we recognize the many ways God has blessed and prepared us for the task? Do we see our discipleship as a way to glorify God in Heaven? Today, as we celebrate Mary’s assumption into heaven, let’s pray that God will give us the grace, confidence, and endurance to carry out our discipleship as she did!

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