DAILY MASS READINGS (August 15, 2019)

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (CYCLE C, White/Blue)

Reading 1 (REVELATION 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB)

A reading from the Book of Revelation

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.”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 45:10, 11, 12, 16)

R.(10bc) The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
R. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

Reading 2 (1 CORINTHIANS 15:20-27)

A reading from the 1st Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty
and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for “he subjected everything under his feet.”

– The word of the Lord.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mary is taken up to heaven;
a chorus of angels exults.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (LUKE 1:39-56)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.

– The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Take note that this event is different from Christ’s Ascension because Jesus was taken up to heaven by his own power, where he seats at the right hand of God as our King and Mediator. Whereas Mary was taken up by God’s power, where she is made our Queen and Mother who will intercede for us before the Father and the Son. The Lord could not allow her body to suffer corruption because among all creation, she was conceived without any stain of sin (Immaculate Conception). That is why at the end of her earthly life, she is taken up body and soul into Heaven. And this 4th Marian Dogma has been defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. Her Assumption assures us our future resurrection from the dead Saint Paul in our 2nd Reading tells us that Christ has already destroyed the fear of death by his own Death and Resurrection for our salvation from falling into sin. At the end, he will hand over the reign to the Father and judge us according to the deeds and love we have shown, and there death shall finally be destroyed. Now what does this mean to us as Catholic Christians who are still living? How can we answer the critical questions of our separated brethren that if this teaching has Biblical basis?
The very possible proved historical account of the Assumption can be found in our 1st Reading from the Book of Revelation. Saint John the Beloved, the caretaker of the Blessed Mother after Christ died on the Cross, was exiled in the island of Patmos, Greece. There he experienced a vision of a beautiful lady wrapped around in the sun, a moon under her feet, and a crown of 12 stars on her head. It is said that she was wailing in pain to give birth to her firstborn, but then a dragon appeared to strengthen the pain. But this woman finally gave birth to her son. And the son is said to be a sign of victory for the people against the dragon. This figure is a typology of the Protoevangelium in Genesis 3:15, wherein Mary gives birth to the Christ seed of life, so that the head of the serpent symbolizing Satan may be crushed. In fact this passage shows God’s plan of salvation fulfilled. St. John truly saw Mary as the Queen who after living a devout life on earth dedicated to the Lord, now continues to intercede for us before her Son and the Father. This is why the Gospel Reading explains her true blessedness, that she truly heard God’s word and accepted it with faith, humility, and obedience. Even though she is the Mother of the Savior, she goes to Ein Karem to aid her cousin Elizabeth who is giving birth in 3 months to Saint John the Baptist. In her Magnificat, she praises God for choosing a lowly and humble servant like her to give birth the Son who will teach us about the true way of life as Christians. She also prays that all people who call her blessed will be humble to acknowledge him as Lord and do kind acts to one another, just as like what he continues to do. Our celebration of the Assumption is not focused on praising her, but venerating her life and following her example of humility in accepting God’s will for us. It is not a mere purpose for us dreaming to be a famous Saint whatsover, but moreover on how we are called in our earthly mission and how we carry it out like Mary. She is our Mother who continues to remind us what God wants us to experience and do for the benefit of everyone.

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