15 Aug Sun, FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY (B)

8/14/2021 11:21:21 AM
Rev. 11:19; 12:1-6,10 / Ps. 44:10,11,12,16 / 1 Cor. 15:20-26 / Lk. 1:39-56 (Psalter proper)

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The feast of the Assumption of Our Mother celebrates the victory of 'the lowly servant', who during Annunciation said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord".

Much like Jesus' resurrection, Our Lady's assumption is the gratuitous gift that God gives to anyone faithful to God's call. The apocalyptic vision of the first reading portrays how the simple acts of Mother Mary, while she was alive, scripted the salvific history of humankind. All glory be to God!

In 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary as an official dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.

Isaiah foretold Jesus' life thus, "a bruised reed he will not break, he will faithfully bring forth justice". This feast also proclaims where Jesus got his meekness from and so his thirst for justice. Today's feast encourages them to take heart when the world despises the advocates for human rights and those who journey with the oppressed.

Dear Mother Mary, pray for us, Your children, that we might take courage in the greater salvation history in these troubled times; what matters is that we followed God's will and endured the consequences that it calls for. Amen.   

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8月15日 ( 日 ) 聖母蒙召升天節

默示錄 11:19;12:1-6,10
聖詠 45[44]:11-12,15,16
格林多前書 15:20-26
路加福音 1:39-56

「在基督內,眾人都要復活」(格前15:22)── 保祿信心十足地給我們宣講復活的意義,並肯定了我們信仰的核心奧秘。耶穌真的復活了,祂是我們的主!

若要從復活這深邃奧蹟中,掌握到些甚麼,我們還須探究耶穌整個生命蘊藏的奧秘,因為耶穌的一生、全部的生活點滴都指向一個偉大的奧蹟 ── 天主在祂內賜予我們的愛;不但在基督內,也在耶穌內:在祂的天主性內,也在祂的人性內。

我們怎能不轉向生育耶穌的那一位?她是天主之母瑪利亞。在創世之初,天主已經揀選了她,她永遠跟死而復活的主耶穌基督這個奧蹟不可分割。

有關瑪利亞的教義,教會沒有添加任何在啟示以外的悉見:只是提供了不同層次的了解。為基督是真確的,為我們也是真確的:「在基督內,眾人都要復活」。為我們是真確的,為瑪利亞更真確:她超越諸聖,蒙召靈肉升天,欣然在天上享美滿的復活。

聖母瑪利亞,請您引導我們緊密地跟隨耶穌,享生命的圓滿。

(theology.org.hk)
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