Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Ephrem the Syrian
“And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:46-49)

Saint Ephrem the Syrian offers the following insight on these verses from today’s Gospel:

“[Mary] revealed to Elizabeth what the angel spoke to her in secret, and that he called her blessed because she believed in the realization of the prophecy and the teaching that she heard. Then Mary gently brought forth the fruit of what she heard from the angel and Elizabeth: “My soul bless the Lord.” Elizabeth had said, “Blessed is she who has believed,” and Mary replied, “From henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” It was then that Mary began to preach the new kingdom. “She returned home after three months,” so that the Lord whom she was carrying would not begin service before his servant. She returned to her husband to clarify the matter, for if she had become pregnant through human fruit, it would have been appropriate for her to flee from her husband.” (Commentary on Tatian’s Diatessaron, 1)

Pondering today’s Patristic passage...
As she always does, Mary teaches would be followers of her Son how to be a disciple. She herself speaks to others only what she has heard. In so doing, Mary erupts in praise that celebrates God the Father’s plan and work for our salvation and all of creation. Mary’s Spirit-inspired words of praise, thanksgiving and her reflective silence provide vital lessons for our schooling and forming as Jesus’ disciples. Be conscious today of speaking words of praise and words of thanksgiving. Call ‘time-outs’ throughout the day to sit quietly allowing the same Holy Spirit to mold, shape and form you as a disciple - not to mention that these activities consume time and energy that keeps us from sin!

Almighty ever-living God,
Who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the Mother of Your Son,
body and soul into heavenly glory,
grant, we pray,
that, always attentive to the things that are above,
we may merit to be sharers of her glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen