May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

8-15-2012 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab

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God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.”

A vision of the Mother of God in heaven. That Mary was assumed into heaven is our tradition but seen in the book of Revelation as described by John. She is the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the mother of God and spouse of the Holy Spirit. We know where the Apostles were buried, where Jesus was buried and rose again, but for Mary, no grave has ever been found. No relics were ever reported from her body, and it is well known how believers sought, revered and honored the relics of the people that died before them. Do you believe and honor Mary?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Mary as our mother and the mother of your Son, our Brother, Jesus, Amen.

The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.


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